Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke visited Harden today to open the town’s new Visitor Information Centre.

The centre is providing a new lease on life for the former History Hall Harden-Murrumburrah, with the conversion funded by a $100,000 Stronger Country Communities Fund Round One grant.

Ms Cooke said the Visitor Information Centre will help provide even more incentive for tourists to come to the Hilltops region.

“This is such a beautiful area with a lot of history, and I’m delighted to be able to announce this wonderful new centre officially open for business,” Ms Cooke said.

“A lot of work has gone into making this building as appealing and functional as possible, highlighting the region’s rich military history and historic Lighthorse connections.

“And the beautiful mural on the roof has been created by Scott Nagy, who is well-known for his water tank murals.

“We are ideally placed here to draw visitors from Canberra as well as tourists travelling the Hume Highway who are looking for exciting places to explore.

“They will be sure of a warm welcome from the volunteers at the centre who are happy to share their love of this wonderful area and help visitors make the most of their trip here.”

Ms Cooke opened the centre with Hilltops Council Mayor Brian Ingram, who said he was pleased to see a new use for the disused building.

“It is great to see this building get a new lease of life and help visitors explore the rich history and vast offerings of Harden Murrumburrah and the wider Hilltops region,” Mayor Ingram said.

“We were very lucky to receive $100,000 of funding toward this project via the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund Round One grant program and I thank our local member Steph Cooke for her help in obtaining this funding.”