A group of people smile and pose with a novelty-sized cheque.
Members of the Gundagai community with Stronger Country Communities Fund cheques.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP today announced $1,548,054 from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund to develop sporting facilities, give young people new skills and upgrade halls in the Cootamundra and Gundagai regions.

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

  • $448,526 for the Carberry Park Car Park & Toilet Upgrade – this project will build a new toilet facility adjacent to the new million dollar playground in Gundagai and update the carpark to improve visitor access and experience.
  • $250,000 for the Indoor Rock Climbing Wall at the Cootamundra Sports Stadium
  • $200,000 for the Youth & Community Toolbox Room at Gundagai Library – this project will build a high-tech space where youth groups and community members can hold meetings, workshops, events and activities, explore ideas, and grow their knowledge at the library.
  • $199,659.00 for the Sustainable redevelopment and upgrade of Cootamundra Library – this refurbishment creates an open-plan, energy-efficient and accessible environment with dedicated spaces for children, recreational and cultural use, research and customer service.
  • $165,000 for the Cootamundra Pump Track – this project will build a pump track, skills park and jump line adjacent to the existing skate park, giving a total youth activity and play precinct within the town of Cootamundra.
  • $129,000.00 for the St Patricks Primary School Enhanced Active Space – this project will upgrade the artificial turf and landscape in the playground area at St Patricks Primary School Gundagai.
  • $96,000.00 to replace the turf wicket at Stan Crowe Oval.
  • $59,869.00 for the Muttama Memorial Hall Rejuvenation Works – this second stage of the hall rejuvenation will replace the dilapidated kitchen/supper room’s floor and frame with a concrete slab floor and steel frame.

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.

“There is something for everyone with these projects; from new sporting grounds and activity areas, to making our libraries fit for the future. Well done to you all.”

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.