Member for Cootamundra met with two local Cowra groups today, to celebrate grants totaling almost $25,000 to help them build on their fantastic work within the community.

The Cowra Men’s Shed and Cowra & District Cricket Association were successful in their applications for new infrastructure under the Community Building Partnerships Program.

The Cowra Men’s Shed received a grant of $23,000 for a pallet workshop and storage shed.

The Men’s Shed, who have 67 active members, collect disused or unwanted palettes to convert into furniture, toys and new palettes to sell back to businesses.

Dudley Nicholson from the Mens Shed said the grant will allow them to expand.

“We’ve slowly grown and grown, we’ve run out of storage,” Mr Nicholson said.

At the moment the guys do all the work outside, with this funding they’ll be undercover and we’ll have a storage area.”

Cowra & District Junior Cricket Association will also receive $11,418 for the refurbishment of twin cricket nets at Rodwell Oval.

New concrete slab pitches and new artificial turf wickets will be also be purchased and installed using the funding.

The Community Building Partnership program has funded some 13,800 community projects since it commenced nearly a decade ago.

Across the Cootamundra electorate, $330,000 will be distributed to other important local projects, with further announcements expected in the coming weeks.

“The NSW Government’s strong economic management ensures that I as local Member am in a position to secure this funding for projects that truly make a difference on the ground,” Ms Cooke said.

For more information about the NSW Government’s 2018 Community Building Partnership Program, visit