Cr Mark Liebich and Steph Cooke MP lift a shovel with earth together. People stand behind them looking on.
Cr Mark Liebich and Steph Cooke MP turn the first sod.

The multimillion dollar upgrade of Grenfell’s Main Street is underway with the Member for Cootamundra turning the first sod on the project.

Steph Cooke MP broke ground on the development which has received three NSW Government grants;

  • $768,982 from Round One of the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) to extend footpaths to protect heritage verandas and improve accessibility, new plantings, street seating and sculpture with a special reference to Henry Lawson.
  • $2 million from the Regional Growth Fund to upgrade the Grenfell Central Business District streetscape and deliver better Digital Connectivity.
  • $179,961 from Round 3 of the SCCF to create locations for events and tourist engagement and infrastructure for future access to power for electric car charging.

Ms Cooke said the project would take some time to be completed, but was an investment in Grenfell’s future.

“This project shows the foresight of the Weddin Shire Council who are looking to make improvements that can be enjoyed for years to come,” Ms Cooke said.

“It is also a huge vote of confidence in the future of Grenfell and the wider Weddin Shire from the NSW Government, this project will transform Main Street and create space for future events and infrastructure.”

“I urge everyone to be patient as this important work gets underway and look forward to what I know will be a fantastic finished product.”

Mayor of Weddin Shire Council Mark Liebich said the project will enhance Grenfell’s heritage.

“This is great for the community, this project will stimulate the growth of the community by attracting more of the tourism dollar. We want to show off our heritage, our boutique shops and local businesses,” Cr Liebich said.

“We’ve commenced work this morning and it’s supposed to be finished by the end of May, ahead of the Henry Lawson Festival in June. We will aim to inconvenience shop owners and businesses as little as possible; we don’t want to impede their trading.”

Updates on the project can be found at https://grenfell-main-street-renewal-weddin.hub.arcgis.com/