Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today joined a number of community representatives to ‘Turn on the Water’ at the Cootamundra Country Club, signaling the completion of a $1.35 million upgrade.

The newly-improved Cootamundra Country Club now features an automated irrigation system, a machinery shed as well as pathways around the course.

“I’m incredibly excited to be here today to celebrate this next chapter for the Cootamundra Country Club and I know the upgrades will benefit the community in a number of ways,” Ms Cooke said.

“This Club plays such an important role in the social and sporting fabric of Cootamundra, and the upgrades have helped make this Country Club a fantastic year-round facility, which can help improve competition here in Cootamundra.

“I’d like to thank everyone who played a part in getting the project to this point and I look forward to seeing how the Cootamundra Country Club continues to go from strength to strength in the future.”

Ms Cooke joined Cootamundra Country Club Board Chairman John O’Loughlan, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council Mayor Abb McAlister and Golf NSW CEO Stuart Fraser, as well as current and former members of the Cootamundra Country Club to mark the occasion.

Former Deputy Chairman of the Cootamundra Country Club Simon Bragg said the upgrades will help boost tourism in the community.

“We have to try and encourage more people to the region, and the upgrades will help by making this a great venue for golf, bowls and croquet,” Mr Bragg said.

“On top of this, the irrigation system is connected to the town’s grey water which means that we are using recycled water to maintain the grounds.”

The funding was part of a $3.88 million package secured as a 2017 by-election promise by Ms Cooke in tandem with a $1.9 million cash injection to cover costs associated with the formation of Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council.