Steph Cooke MP stands with a group of people holding five novelty-sized cheques.
Steph Cooke MP with recipients of the Strong Country Communities Fund grants in Junee.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP today announced $774,544 from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 3, to roll out new community and youth programs, upgrade local halls and develop sporting facilities across the Junee Shire.

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

  • $241,300 to enhance the Junee Skate Park – to provide a more appealing facility for the community’s youth and encourage more user groups.
  • $150,417 to construct a multipurpose tennis court and an additional cricket pitch within the Eurongilly District hall grounds, including new fencing and lighting.
  • $139,756 for Junee Youth Employment Partnership Program – a partnership between local business, education and local government stakeholders to support young people to be work ready.
  • $98,071 for Junee Golf Club’s junior golf program – building a steel shed to provide a place for families and junior members to congregate.
  • $80,000 for Junee Lions Club for their Lions Papershed revitalisation project – extending the disabled toilet, new kitchen cupboards and cabinets, gyprock the room, heating, cooling and security.
  • $65,000 for Illabo Showground to upgrade their pavilion building, providing better usage for the facility.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said she was delighted these projects had secured funding.

“These projects have been created by the community to suit the community’s needs and I can’t wait to see them come to life,” Ms Cooke said.

“From developing the Junee skate park, to updating the much loved Illabo Showground, this funding is being spread around the region. A huge congratulations to all the successful applicants.”

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 Community Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is being invested in local programs and infrastructure to improve the lives of people living in regional NSW.

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