Steph Cooke stands with a woman and two men. They hold a large cheque and cabins are behind them.

West Wyalong’s Caravan Park will be enjoying more than half a million dollars in upgrades through the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced a $533,412 grant which will refurbish the amenities blocks, replace roofs, doors and windows, install a ventilation system, update painting and tiling and modernise the office.

Ms Cooke said the CRIF funding was a timely boost for the Caravan Park.

“This is the largest CRIF grant in the Cootamundra electorate and will have a huge impact not only on the caravan park and its users, but on local jobs and the economy,” Ms Cooke said.

“West Wyalong is a popular destination for travellers but of course this year that has been curtailed with COVID, so I am extremely pleased the NSW Government has stepped in to enable these upgrades to go ahead.”

Director Technical Services and Crown Lands Manager at Bland Shire Council Will Marsh said the CRIF grant was extremely welcome.

“We think this is fantastic. We’ve been struggling with lack of travellers through the town and we thank Steph Cooke for her help,” Mr Marsh said.

“This work will bring the amenities up to scratch and provide a better service for travellers when they start coming through again.”

“With COVID we have seen a drop in money coming in, but now we will be able to do this work.”