Steph Cooke MP opens the resurfaced tennis court with Mayor Tick Firman and Paul New in Temora

The Member for Cootamundra has opened new and upgraded recreation facilities in Temora and Ariah Park, made possible thanks to NSW Government funding.

Steph Cooke, MP today opened new play equipment and fire pits at Lake Centenary, upgrades at Gloucester Park, resurfaced tennis courts, improvements to the town’s netball courts and upgrades to the Ariah Park swimming pool and skate park.

These projects received a total of $495,993 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).

Ms Cooke also inspected the yet to be opened Nixon Park Sports Complex, which secured a $324,000 investment from the second round of the SCCF.

The Member for Cootamundra said these projects help make the Temora Shire an even more fantastic place to live and visit.

“In the past 12 months there has been an $819,993 investment from the NSW Government in to these projects which are all about getting people out and enjoying the best of the region,” Ms Cooke said.

“They are community driven works and seeing them completed and ready to be used is incredibly exciting.

“It’s hard to remember a time where there has been this much Government investment in to towns like Temora and Ariah Park. This kind of financial injection is a clear message this community is thriving and deserves first rate facilities.”

Mayor of Temora Shire Rick Firman said the SCCF had been a huge boost for the region.

“It’s a very exciting day for the Temora Shire for Ms Cooke to be opening four of our SCCF projects,” Cr Firman said.

“We are extremely grateful to Ms Cooke, the NSW Government and the SCCF program which is doing so much for rural and regional communities.”

“This funding is spread across so many of our citizens in terms of the varying projects that we’ve been able to do, so that as many members of our communities as possible will benefit. We are extremely appreciative of this investment.”

Temora Shire’s successful applications to the third round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund will be announced in coming weeks.

The $400 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is being invested in local programs and infrastructure that improve the lives of people living in regional NSW. For more information, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.