Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP has announced that the Cowra Shire will receive $832,359 under the NSW Government’s latest round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Upgrades to Matt Morrison Oval, Wyangala Dam; Gooloogong Log Cabin Hall; and the Col Stinson Netball Facility will be taking place thanks to the fourth round of the Fund.

This latest round of NSW Government funding has been spread across three projects, each of which is set to benefit the wider Cowra community

  • $628,409 to significantly upgrade the Col Stinson Netball Facility, including a new multi-user amenities block, improved parking facilities and sealing the grass netball courts.
  • $57,000 to improve access at the entranceway at Matt Morrison Oval, Wyangala Dam and to construct an all-weather shelter for community users of the oval.
  • $146,950 for Stage 2 of the major restoration works at the Gooloogong Log Cabin Hall, including the installation of reverse cycle heating and cooling throughout the entire function centre.

Ms Cooke announced the funding of these projects at Col Stinson Park on Monday.

“Projects like these are built upon the NSW Government’s vision to help make regional NSW be the best place to live, work and visit,” Ms Cooke said.

“These projects highlight Cowra’s commitment to continue to enhance their facilities to better their communities. I want to congratulate everyone involved in the applications to bring these projects to life.

“The entire Cowra community is set to benefit from these projects, from an upgraded function centre to use all year round, to improved sporting facilities that will allow for an increase in participation in local sport. Well done to you all.

“The latest round of funding takes the total amount of funding through the Stronger Country Communities Fund for projects across the Cowrashire to $4,083,315.”

The recipients of the latest round of funding are excited to get their projects underway.

Amy O’Reilly, President of the Cowra Netball Club said the entire club is extremely grateful for this announcement. 

“Cowra Netball Association have been working collaboratively with Cowra Shire Council to ensure not only the Cowra Netball Association family but the wider community have access to quality sporting facilities, which will hopefully encourage greater community participation in sport and physical activity,” Ms O’Reilly said.

Jillian McCormick, representing the Wyangala Country Club, said the Wyangala community is very grateful for the funding at the Matt Morrison Oval.

“This funding will improve the facilities in the village and enable events like the June long weekend fireworks spectacular to continue to be enjoyed by locals and visitors,” Mrs McCormick said.

President of the Gooloogong Log Cabin Hall, Kylie Reeves, is excited to see what opportunities the funding will bring for the hall.

“Having heating and cooling in the hall has been a big dream for us. It will make us a year-round venue for the people,” Mrs Reeves said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole announced that 435 projects across every single one of the state’s 93 regional Local Government Areas (LGAs) would receive funding under Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Four.

“The Stronger Country Communities fund delivers guaranteed investment in every single regional LGA in NSW, and has seen $500 million invested across more than 1900 local projects since 2017,” Mr Toole said.

“About half of this latest $100 million round will deliver 189 female sporting projects, including the construction or upgrade of female change rooms, additional amenity blocks and bathrooms, and playing surfaces like netball and tennis courts.

“It will also deliver hundreds of projects that make everyday life in the regions easier, for things like new playgrounds, clubhouse, art gallery renovations, streetscape, accessibility, lighting upgrades and community programs.”

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund, which alongside the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund is delivering infrastructure and programs that generate opportunities, investment and jobs.

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