A large group of people stand with novelty cheques next to Temora Pool.
Steph Cooke MP and Cr Rick Firman with members of Temora Shire community groups.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP today announced $777,945 from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund to upgrade family recreation facilities in the Temora Shire.

The NSW Government funding has been spread across four projects, each of which will benefit communities across the shire.

·$400,000 to supply and install a waterslide at the Temora Recreation Centre. 

·$154,445 to build additional play equipment at Gloucester Park, including a carousel, swings, and paths to improve accessibility. 

·$100,000 to extend the existing skate park area in Ariah Park and install new skate equipment, fencing and landscaping. 

·$123,500 to upgrade the amenities block, netball change room, football change rooms and conversion of the former kiosks into league tag change rooms at Nixon Park.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said she was delighted these projects had secured funding.

“These projects across the region are all about making our communities even more liveable, I want to congratulate everyone who was involved in these applications,” Ms Cooke said.

“This investment from the NSW Government will allow the Temora Shire to upgrade these wonderful existing recreation spaces, I look forward to seeing them come to life.”

Temora Mayor Rick Firman said he was excited the Council had received these grants and looked forward to work beginning.

“The Temora community is very grateful to Ms Cooke and the NSW State Government for this funding from the SCCF,” Cr Firman said.  

“These are projects that the Council believe in, as do the members of the Temora community, and we will try to ensure that as much as possible, this funding stays within our community.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said $100 million was being distributed across regional NSW, with regional communities set to benefit from more than 550 new projects.

To date, rounds one and two of the program have funded more than 1,000 projects.

“Locals across regional NSW are seeing the benefits of rounds one and two of the Fund, with projects making a big difference to everyday life, from new playgrounds loved by kids to light towers illuminating sporting fields,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We are funding grassroots projects that make a real difference to each community, and we know how important it is to support our regional towns with new infrastructure and programs.”

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.