Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging the community to take every opportunity to build on the legacy of investment by the previous Coalition Government, and apply for various funding programs in order to help secure the region’s share of resources.
“The Coalition Government had a very strong track record of investing in grassroots projects, whether it be infrastructure, sporting clubs, recreation facilities, community groups and organisations, and vital transport upgrades,” Ms Cooke said.
“I want to ensure that the residents of towns and villages across our Cootamundra electorate continue to receive their fair share of government investment, and to that end, there are two grant programs currently taking applications that I would strongly encourage local groups to apply for.
“Applications for the Local Sport Grant are currently open; there’s $50,000 available per electorate, with grants starting at $2,000, so if your sporting club needs some new uniforms, or would like to replace some worn-out equipment, or perhaps is looking to update the website, this may be a way to get some extra financial help.
“I’d also like to see local groups apply for investment under the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF). It supports Crown land managers by providing funding for repairs, maintenance and improvements on Crown reserves. I’m proud to say the previous Coalition Government invested heavily in local projects under this program, and I’d like to see that level of investment continue into the future.
“I will never stop fighting for our fair share of government investment, so if you or your club would like help with your application, my door is always open,” she said.