Steph Cooke MP with Margaret Cuddihy, Hon Sec; Cathy Lee, President; Meryl Hunter, Jan Holland, 2nd Vice President and Laura Plumber

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced $5,000 funding for Gunyah Craft Shop in Grenfell under the NSW Government’s Arts Rescue and Restart Funding program.

Ms Cooke said the one-off cash injection is about supporting smaller organisations to remain operational during the challenging time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The team of volunteers at Gunyah Craft Shop have done their absolute best to keep the shop rolling over the course of last few months,” Ms Cooke said.

“It is fantastic to be providing them with this support given their fundraising efforts for the Grenfell community.”

Gunyah Craft Shop volunteer Margaret Cuddihy said she contacted Ms Cooke in March, just as the Covid-19 pandemic began to have an impact in New South Wales.

“It is great to have this funding so we can pay our bills – we have always managed to pay them on time however with Covid we didn’t have many visitors to town, we had to limit our trading hours and we had fewer volunteers available to help as many were self-isolating, making it very hard to operate the shop.”

Ms Cooke said the Gunyah Craft Shop is a registered charity selling a range of craft and goods to raise money for the local community, with volunteers making a contribution by either making or baking the goods sold at the shop, or by manning the shop during business hours.