Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced $120,871 funding for West Wyalong Showground under the latest round of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program.

Ms Cooke met with West Wyalong Showground Reserve Land Managers to announce the funding which will be used to replace the roof of the sheep shed and enclose the existing McCaskie Shed to make it an all-weather, all-purpose venue.

Steph Cooke MP with West Wyalong Showground Reserve Land Managers (L-R) Les Worner, Tanya Foster, George Hillier, James Maslin (Chair), Diane Redman (Secretary) and Lyall Wilkinson (Treasurer).

“The showground stimulus funding recognises the important role that showground facilities have in smaller communities – the grounds are often used for a range of purposes including community celebrations, recreational and sporting events,” Ms Cooke said.

“An upgrade of these sheds will ensure this infrastructure is available for community use for many years to come.”

Secretary West Wyalong Showground Reserve Land Manager Diane Redman said they are thrilled to receive the showground stimulus funding.

“This funding will allow the McCaskie Shed to be fully enclosed to make it available to hire for functions such as weddings and birthdays, providing an income stream to undertake further maintenance at the showgrounds,” Ms Redman said.

“It is fantastic to also be replacing the roof of the sheep shed which unfortunately blew away in a storm.”

Ms Cooke said this announcement follows over $311,000 in funding for West Wyalong Showground in recent years under the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund Program (CRIFP).

The CRIFP funding has supported construction of a new amenities block, lighting upgrades and upgrades to ensure buildings comply with food handling and Workplace Health and Safety requirements.

Over $35 million has now been allocated by the NSW Government as part of the COVID-19 stimulus program to support showground upgrades across the state.