Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke announcing significant funding for the Weddin Shire.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke announcing significant funding for the Weddin Shire.

Grenfell CBD is set for a major upgrade, after the Weddin Shire was awarded $2 million funding as part of the NSW Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Plans will also be put in place to help provide better digital connectivity services across the Weddin Shire.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the funding is an incredible win for the community with many to benefit from each of the projects.

“I’m so excited to be here today to announce significant funding which will be used to revitalise the CBD and allow people across the Shire to make better use of technology,” Ms Cooke said.

“The funding will provide for new amenities for the eastern end of Main Street, which will complement work already undertaken and help drive economic growth.

“It also gives me great pleasure to announce that the NSW Government is working with the Weddin Shire Council to develop a plan to deliver better digital connectivity for the Grenfell community.

“I know the digital divide is very real, and I appreciate that connectivity challenges are even greater in times of stress like the drought. That’s why it is incredibly important we determine what infrastructure and technology is required to best meet the digital needs of residents, businesses and farmers, now and into the future.”

Weddin Shire Mayor, Mark Liebich said that receiving this $2 million in funding is like ‘a dream come true’ for the Weddin Shire.

“This announcement is absolute Christmas for the Weddin Shire,” Cr Liebich said.

“Having a beautiful main street will help to build the tourism industry in this area.

“Being able to improve Digital connectivity will mean so much for our farmers with their business and marketing. We will be able to build two mobile towers in the Weddin Shire. One is planned for Bumbaldry already, but we will now be able to have two. This is a great Christmas present for the Weddin Shire.”

The project will complement and leverage the Government’s $400 million Regional Digital Connectivity Program that will bring a faster and more reliable digital network to regional NSW.