Local Projects

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This map showcases some of the major community projects in our region which have been funded by the NSW Government since I was elected as the Member for Cootamundra in October 2017.

$185,000 to Help Build a Safer Future for Victim-Survivors

Frontline domestic violence services in Young will be awarded $185,000 funding to ensure victim-survivors can access crucial help in their local community. Member …Learn More

$20,000 Funding for Service Upgrades at Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre

The Cowra Information and Neighbourhood Centre will receive a $20,000 fundingboost to help them modernise their operations and improve the services they deliver.Member …Learn More

2022-23 NSW Budget

The NSW Government is setting the stage for the State’s prosperity, delivering a budget that secures a brighter future for the Cootamundra electorate. …Learn More

2022 Community Building Partnership Program Now Open

Community projects needing additional funding support can now apply for the NSW Government’s 2022 Community Building Partnership Program. Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke …Learn More

2022 Country Show Season Looking Bright

Country shows in Cowra, Gundagai and Woodstock are coming back bigger than ever in 2022, thanks to NSW Government support through the Country …Learn More

teph Cooke and Narrandera Mayor Neville Kschenka at the Brewarrina Bridge. They hold a large cheque between them and wear hi-vis vests. The underside of the bridge can be seen.

$21m for Projects to Fix Local Roads in the Cootamundra Electorate

The Australian and NSW Governments will join forces to turbocharge a program which will improve local roads in communities across the Cootamundra electorate and create regional jobs.

Steph Cooke and Members of the Temora Shire Council smile at the camera while standing on a dirt road.

$2,600,000 to Fix Local Roads in Temora Shire

Work to fix local roads will soon be underway across the Temora Shire thanks to a joint funding effort from the Australian and NSW Governments.

$4.5 Million Safety Upgrade of Bendick Murrell Road Intersection with Olympic Highway

Work will start next week to improve safety for motorists at the intersection of Bendick Murrell Road and the Olympic Highway. Member for …Learn More

$75,000 for Narrandera so Everyone can Play

The Narrandera Shire Council has been awarded $75,000 as part of the final round of the NSW Government’s Everyone Can Play program. Member …Learn More

$75,000 For Narrandera So Everyone Can Play

The Narrandera Shire Council has been awarded $75,000 as part of the final round of the NSW Government’s Everyone Can Play program. Member …Learn More

$883 Million More Reasons to Work in the Bush

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement that it will implement a major regional health workforce incentive scheme in …Learn More

A Brighter Beginning For Children in the Cootamundra Electorate

A life-changing package for children and families in the Cootamundra electorate has been announced by the NSW Government with a $376.5 million investment …Learn More

Aboriginal Ranger Program to Support Culture, Country and Connection

The NSW Government has launched a new Aboriginal Ranger Program designed to enhance Aboriginal peoples’ connection to country and provide meaningful career pathways. …Learn More

Advancing Arts Accessibility For All At The Cowra Civic Centre

Attending performances and functions is set to become a gala experience for Cowra residents and visitors with a major upgrade to the town’s …Learn More

Maria Turner, Braiden Philipse, Cr Pam Halliburton, Cr Bob Callow, Steph Cooke MP, Cr Mark Cook and Deputy Mayor Matt Austin stand under new shade cloths and on chipped bark ground.

Adventures Underway in Junee

Adventure is abounding in Junee with a new Adventure Park now open for children to enjoy, in time for the school holidays.

Affordable Preschool Locked In the Cootamundra Electorate’s Youngest Learners

The NSW Government is making preschool more affordable for more families, with preschool fee relief locked in for the next four years through …Learn More

ANZAC Day Across the Cootamundra Electorate

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging the community to participate in local services and events being held across the electorate this Anzac …Learn More

Applications for Creative Capital Funding Program Now Open

The NSW Government is seeking applications for cultural infrastructure projects that will benefit audiences and improve access to arts and cultural facilities across …Learn More

Applications Now Open for Spring Holiday Activities

Councils and eligible not-for-profit organisations in the Cootamundra electorate are encouraged to apply for funding to deliver Holiday Break activities for young people …Learn More

Applications Open for Riverbank Restoration Grants

Landcare and environmental groups across Cootamundra Electorate have the opportunity to receive funding to restore riverbanks that have been damaged by recent natural …Learn More

Michael McCormack, Nigel Judd, Steph Cooke and Rick Firman stand around a plaque which sits on an easel. Behind them is new grass and trees.

Ariah Park Street Upgrades Open

The Member for Cootamundra has joined Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack in opening the upgrades to Ariah Park’s Coolamon Street.

Superintendent Bob Noble, Sergeant Joanne Gallant and Steph Cooke MP stand in front of the blue, black and white indigenous artwork which features a prominent white ribbon

Artwork Raises Awareness Of Domestic Violence

Gundagai’s police and local students have come together to raise awareness of domestic violence.

AVL-Tech Revolution for Cootamundra Court

The grand historic exterior of Cootamundra Courthouse will soon contrast with the latest in state-of-the-art audio-visual link (AVL) technology inside the building. Member …Learn More

Be Part of the 65th Annual Seniors Festival

The call is out for local organisations to help fill a calendar of engaging and empowering activities for older people during the 2023 …Learn More

Better Bus Shelters for Coolamon, Cowra and Junee

Six new shelters and one upgraded bus stop for Coolamon, Cowra and Junee are on the way after funding was granted under the …Learn More

Binalong VRA Enhanced with New Rescue Vehicle

Representatives of the Binalong VRA have welcomed a new Medium Rescue Vehicle at an official commissioning ceremony this week. Member for Cootamundra Steph …Learn More

Kate Braunberger, Steph Cooke and Nathon Irvin stand in front of the new building.

Biosecurity Zones Expanded to Stop Varroa

NSW Agriculture Minister Dugald Saunders has encouraged beekeepers to be aware of their responsibilities under expanded biosecurity zones which have come into force …Learn More

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP prior to social distancing inspects Lake Cowal Gold Mine in the Bland Shire with visitor high viz vest on and hard hat. The golden stacked quarry is visible in the background as a mining representative also looks on beside Steph.

Bland Shire Receives Mining Boost

Over $2 million has been allocated to the Bland Shire in the Cootamundra Electorate

Boost for the NSW Ambulance Service

The NSW Government has announced a $1.76 billion boost to frontline emergency care to deliver 2,128 new recruits and 30 more ambulance stations …Learn More

Bronze “Bill the Bastard” unveiling

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke has welcomed the official unveiling of a bronze, life-size sculpture of Australia’s greatest war horse, ‘Bill the Bastard’, …Learn More

Steph Cooke and John Barilaro sit on a couch and hold Budget papers. They smile at the camera and wear suits.

Budget 2020

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP has welcomed the 2020/21 NSW Budget which has regional NSW at the forefront.

Central West Jobs Rush with Gold Mine Approval

Australia’s gold production will get a boost while hundreds of new jobs will be created following the approval of a new underground gold …Learn More

Billie Deacon, Maddy Deacon, Matt Logan, Lyandra Logan, Noreen Deacon and Steph Cooke MP in front of a brand new plaque on the new amenities building.

Community Commemorates Favourite Sons As Laurie Daley Oval Upgrades Open

Junee’s state of the art Laurie Daley Oval building and spectator stand are officially open.

Community Groups Invited to Apply for NSW Government Infrastructure Grants

Organisations in the Cootamundra electorate can now apply for funding to support local community projects thanks to the NSW Governments Clubgrants Category 3 …Learn More

Kate Braunberger, Steph Cooke and Nathon Irvin stand in front of the new building.

Connected Learning Centre Opens Up New Training Opportunities in West Wyalong

Education and training in West Wyalong is set to receive an unprecedented boost with a range of in demand courses available locally for the first time through the new multi-million dollar TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre (CLC).

Steph Cooke, MLHD staff and hospital auxiliary members stand in the new facility.

Construction Complete At Murrumburrah-Harden Health Service

The Member for Cootamundra today joined representatives from the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, Health Infrastructure, Hilltops Council, LHAC and members of the Harden-Murrumburrah community to tour the new Murrumburrah-Harden Health Service facility.

Construction of New Hangar and Club Room Almost Complete at Cowra Airport

The construction of a new hanger and club room at the Cowra and District Aero Club is steaming ahead thanks to the NSW …Learn More

David Stanke, Steph Cooke MP, Minister Melinda Pavey, Clr Bill West, David Tucker and Sagar Adhikari stand in front of a timber wall. All smile at the camera.

Contract Awarded for New Water Treatment Plant for Wyangala

The Wyangala community will soon have access to more clean drinking water with the Australian and New South Wales governments today announcing a contract has been awarded to start work on a new water treatment plant to service the area.

Cootamundra Community Kitchen to Continue Cooking in Comfort

Cootamundra residents looking for a delicious, hot, home cooked meal will now be able to do so in comfortable conditions all year round, …Learn More

Cootamundra Electorate Schools Benefit from Regional Renewal Package

The NSW Government’s Regional Renewal Program is delivering improvements to schools with 45 projects across the Cootamundra electorate. Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke …Learn More

Cootamundra Electorate to Benefit Following $125 Million Investment to Drive Farms of the Future

Primary producers in the Cootamundra electorate could benefit from the NSW Government’s $125 million investment in the Primary Industries Productivity and Abatement Program …Learn More

Cootamundra Electorate Welcomes $20 Million in Electric Vehicle Charging Grants

Businesses and motorists across the Cootamundra electorate are set to benefit from $20 million in grants opening soon to establish Australia’s largest electric …Learn More

Cootamundra’s Community Palliative Care Unit Open

The Cootamundra community now has more choice in end of life care, with the opening of a new palliative care unit today.

Covid-19 Support Package for Small Businesses, Families and Individuals

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed a package of measures from the Australian and NSW Governments to support individuals and businesses impacted …Learn More

Mayor Bill West, Steph Cooke and Cowra Civic Centre Manager Jonathan Llewellyn stand in the foyer of the Cowra Civic Centre. Bill and Steph hold a large cheque between them.

Cowra Arts And Culture Sector Nurtured Through Covid-19 Support Initiatives

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced that Cowra will benefit from $10,000 in funding as part of the NSW Government’s initiatives specifically targeted to the small to medium sized arts and cultural sector impacted by COVID-19.

Cowra Hospital Master Plan Released

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is strongly encouraging the Cowra community to have their say on the $70.2 million redevelopment of Cowra Hospital …Learn More

Steph Cooke stands next to a sign that reads 'Cowra Health Service' and 'emergency'. The hospital building is behind her.

Cowra Hospital Redevelopment Gets Planning Funding In NSW Budget

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed a $500,000 funding commitment for the Cowra Hospital Redevelopment from the 2020/21 NSW Budget.

Cowra Local Appointed to the NSW Youth Advisory Council

Cowra local, Stassi Austin is among twelve of the state’s brightest young leaders who has been appointed to the 2021-22 NSW Youth Advisory …Learn More

Cowra to Benefit From Youth Opportunities Program

Young people in Cowra will benefit from the NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities program, with Cowra Show Society the successful recipient of $46,580 funding …Learn More

Steph Cooke stands under the sign for the Cowra Health Service. She wears a pale blue jacket and smiles at the camera. The hospital entrance can be seen in the background.

Drop-in Sessions to Have Your Say on Cowra Services

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is inviting community members to share their views on the future health needs of Cowra.

End-of-Life Care and Services Improved in NSW

The NSW Government is improving palliative care and other specialist health services with a $743 million injection into services and staffing, which will …Learn More

Farm Forestry Producers to Benefit from $28 Million Funding Boost

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed the NSW Government’s $28 million investment to bolster support for the region’s Farm Forestry producers.   The …Learn More

Flight Simulators Lead Warbird Enthusiasts to Temora

Warbird flight simulators will soon land at the Temora Aviation Museum, giving more people an opportunity to explore the sky, thanks to the …Learn More

Free Car Seat Checks At Cowra To Protect Your Precious Cargo

Parents are urged to book a free child car seat check in Cowra this week as research shows two-out-of-three child restraints are not …Learn More

Funding Announced for Community Projects in Weddin Shire

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP has announced $710,974 for the Weddin Shire under the NSW Government’s latest round of the Stronger Country …Learn More

Funding Available for Local Country Shows

Country show organisers across the Cootamundra electorate will be able to make plans with certainty, thanks to a NSW Government program providing financial …Learn More

Funding Boost for Cootamundra Racecourse Grandstand

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP has welcomed $300,000 funding for Cootamundra Turf Club which will see an upgrade of the grandstand at …Learn More

Funding Boost for Projects in Bland Shire

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced $787,039 for the Bland Shire under the NSW Government’s latest round of the Stronger Country Communities …Learn More

Funding for Community Projects in Temora Shire

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP has announced $789,141 from the fourth round of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund for projects …Learn More

Funding For Crown Lands Facility Upgrades And Weed Control

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced the NSW Government will deliver over $1.3 million in funding to improve Crown Land reserves and …Learn More

Funding For Flood Management In The Cootamundra Electorate

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed a total of $291,540 in funding for the local government areas of Bland, Narrandera and Coolamon …Learn More

Funding For Local Men’s Sheds

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke recently announced a total of $36,533 in funding to help upgrade two local men’s sheds. Gundagai Men’s shed …Learn More

Funding For Veteran Projects In Cowra And Junee

Projects in Cowra and Junee are among more than 50 across NSW set to receive funding to commemorate veterans across the state. Member …Learn More

Steph Cooke and Rick Firman sit on soft fall with six children sitting around them. They smile at the camera.

Gloucester Park Playground Upgrades Open

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has opened upgrades to the Gloucester Park playground.

Grenfell Sewerage Treatment Plant Officially Opened

A new $12.3 million sewerage treatment facility has been officially opened in Grenfell, thanks to the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fund. Member for …Learn More

Gundagai Preschool Kindergarten Reaches Key Development Milestone

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke today welcomed a key milestone for theNSW Government-funded redevelopment of the Gundagai Preschool Kindergarten.The project has reached the …Learn More

Have Your Say on Voluntary Assisted Dying

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke is calling for residents of the Cootamundraelectorate to have their say on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill which …Learn More

Steph Cooke, Mayor Mark Liebich and others cut a red ribbon to open the grandstand.

Henry Lawson Oval Upgrades Open

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has opened the upgrades at Grenfell’s Henry Lawson Oval.

Hilltops Community Projects Receive Funding Boost

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced $2,259,410 for projects in Harden, Murrumburrah and Young in the Hilltops region under the NSW Government’s …Learn More

Steph Cooke leans on the rail at the Wyangala Dam and looks at the camera. The Dam is behind her and the water level is visibly low.

Historic Wyangala Dam Project One Step Closer

The NSW Nationals in Government are one step closer to delivering the state’s first major dam projects in three decades after signing on partner company WaterSecure to oversee the projects.

Housing Taskforce Wants to Hear from Our Region

Residents of the Cootamundra electorate are being encouraged to share their views on how the NSW Government can respond to increasing pressures on …Learn More

Ideas Flow to Memorialise Prince Alfred Bridge

Residents of the Gundagai region are reminded to have their say on ideas to memorialise the Prince Alfred Bridge, with just under two …Learn More

Important Step Forward for New Women’s Refuges

Women and children escaping domestic and family violence in the Cootamundra electorate will soon receive greater support with expressions of interest for the …Learn More

Jobs of the Future Revealed for Cootamundra Electorate

The most in-demand occupations in the Cootamundra electorate have been revealed with locals encouraged to ready themselves for the jobs boom by equipping …Learn More

Jobs Secured for TAFE NSW Young Aged Care Graduates

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed news of a TAFE NSW Young aged care course which has seen every student over the …Learn More

Steph Cooke smiles

Jugiong Slows Down to Make Roads Safer

Residents and visitors will soon experience safer journeys through the village of Jugiong with a reduction in speed limits.

Junee Lawson House Mortgage Extinguished

Lawson House, a 22-unit residential complex in Junee which supports older Juneeresidents and those most vulnerable in the community, has had the mortgage …Learn More

Cr Neil Smith, James Davis, Cole Davis and Steph Cooke MP stand next to a sign that reads 'Junee Sewerage Treatment Plant' and lean against a railing. Behind them is a pool of sewerage water.

Junee Sewerage Treatment Plant Open

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has today officially opened the Junee Sewerage Treatment Plant.

A group of people stand around a large sign for the Junee Skate park.

Junee Skate Park Ramps Up

Upgrades to Junee’s Skate Park are officially open, with local riders and skaters now able to ramp up their skills.

Sam Knight, Luke Taberner, Steph Cooke MP, Cole Davis Neil Smith stand on railway lines, wearing high vis vests and hard hats.

Junee to Griffith Rail Project Fast Tracks Freight

Work has started on the Junee to Griffith line upgrade to improve efficiency for freight carriers and reduce costs for producers and consumers as part of the Fixing Country Rail program.

Landmark Commitment for our Youngest Learners

The NSW Government has committed to one of the biggest education reforms in a generation, announcing the introduction of a universal pre-Kindergarten year …Learn More

Lead Consultant Team Appointed for Cowra Hospital Redevelopment

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced the appointment of the lead consultant team to work with Health Infrastructure on the $70.2 million …Learn More

Steph Cooke stands with five people on a railway platform.

Livvi’s Place Albert Park Opening

A new playground, designed with elements to enable inclusive play for all children has been opened at Albert Park, Cootamundra, thanks to joint …Learn More

Local Organisations Receive Arts and Cultural Funding Boost

Audiences in the Cootamundra Electorate will benefit from record arts and cultural activity to be delivered across NSW, with Minister for the Arts …Learn More

Local Tafes to Benefit from Tech Upgrades

TAFE NSW will expand access to local training opportunities with the installation of contemporary digitally enabled virtual teaching and learning spaces at campuses …Learn More

Locals Encouraged to Build Skills During Pandemic

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke, is encouraging locals to take advantage of new fee-free TAFE NSW courses to build their skills during the …Learn More

Mental Health Info Nights Commence in the Cootamundra Electorate

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has commenced a series of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Information Evenings in the electorate, which are being …Learn More

Mental Health Info Nights Continue Across the Cootamundra Electorate

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has commenced a series of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Information Evenings in the electorate, which are being …Learn More

Mental Health Information Nights Coming Soon to Cowra and Grenfell

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has commenced a series of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Information Evenings throughout the electorate, which are being …Learn More

Milestones Abound At Temora Ambulance Station

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has congratulated three Temora-based NSW Ambulance Officers who have been recently recognised with National Service and Ambulance Long …Learn More

More Foreign Ag Workers Arrive in Cootamundra Region

Gundagai is the latest town to welcome the arrival of overseas skilled agricultural workers to help local farmers overcome the COVID-induced labour shortage, …Learn More

More Funding on the Way for Community Projects in Cootamundra and Gundagai

The communities of Cootamundra and Gundagai are set to benefit with $1,566,786announced for local projectsunder the NSW Government’s latest round of the Stronger …Learn More

More Funding to Fix Roads in the Bland Shire

Safer travel around the Bland Shire is on the way, with $2,983,680 rolling out under the latest round of the Fixing Local Roads …Learn More

More Seniors To Benefit From Regional Seniors Travel Card

The Regional Seniors Travel Card is a $250 prepaid VISA card designed to ease the burden of travel costs for eligible seniors in …Learn More

Steph Cooke, MLHD staff and hospital auxiliary members stand in the new facility.

More Than $149 Million to Reduce Costs for Regional Patients

Communities across the Cootamundra electorate are to benefit from an expansion of the Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS), with the NSW …Learn More

Morongla Show to Shine with help from the Country Show Support Package

Morongla Show is set to shine brighter than ever in 2022, thanks to NSW Government support through the Country Shows Support Package. Member …Learn More

Narrandera Sportsground Clubhouse and Changerooms Officially Opened

The new clubhouse and changerooms located at the Narrandera Sportsground were officially opened on Saturday with the Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke joining …Learn More

New Bridges Improving Freight Access in Hilltops

A 43-metre-long span over Wambanumba Creek is one of four recently completed bridges in the Hilltops LGA that will improve freight access and …Learn More

New Cricket Facilities in Murrumburrah Now Open

Harden and District Junior Cricket Club is ready to challenge for more titles and welcome further participants following the completion of new cricket …Learn More

Steph Cooke stands with five people on a railway platform.

New Junee to Griffith Rail Loop at Coolamon Under Way

The NSW Government has taken another step towards improving rail freight efficiency in the state’s south west with design and planning work starting on a rail passing loop at Coolamon.

New Murrumburrah-Harden Health Service Officially Opened

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) patients will benefit from the new Murrumburrah-Harden Health Service, which has been officially opened today. Member for Cootamundra, …Learn More

New Program to Help Keep Temora Seniors Connected

Seniors of Temora Shire are set to benefit from a new program run by the Temora Shire Council which is designed to keep …Learn More

New Recruits Join NSW Police Force

The NSW Police Force has welcomed 182 police recruits after they were sworn-in as probationary constables at a private attestation ceremony, held in …Learn More

RFS Representatives, Minister Elliott and Steph Cooke stand in front of the bright red front of the fire control centre.

New Resources for Fire Safety in the South West Slopes

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is better prepared for the upcoming fire season after the official opening the new South West Slopes Fire Control Centre (FCC) located at Harden.

Steph Cooke MP stands in front of a red bus wearing caramel coat and red scarf whilst holding documents and folders. The bus is parked outside a bus shelter with some steel infrastructure in background

New Transport Service to Connect Wyangala to Canberra

A new trial bus service rolling out this week will provide better connectivity and more travel choices for residents of Wyangala.

Steph Cooke leans on the rail at the Wyangala Dam and looks at the camera. The Dam is behind her and the water level is visibly low.

New Water Treatment Plant for Wyangala

Work has begun on a new $5.1 million Wyangala Water Treatment Plant which will deliver up to 800,000 litres of clean drinking water …Learn More

Newell Highway Project Powers Strong Trainee Engagement

The $700 million Newell Highway upgrade program is powering strong engagement with trainees in the construction industry. Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said …Learn More

NSW Budget Delivers Boost for Cowra Hospital

NSW Government Funding Helps Riverina Aquaculture Farm Net Bigger Market Share

A large-scale native fish hatchery will be able to expand its grow out facilities, increasing production and ramping up supply of live and …Learn More

NSW Government Funding to Support Community Infrastructure in Coolamon

Coolamon Cricket Club Inc will benefit from $51,532 in funding under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program. Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said …Learn More

NSW Government Lifts Public Sector Wages and Recognises Health Workers

The NSW Government has today announced a new public sector wages policy to provide increased pay for public sector employees including nurses, teachers …Learn More

NSW Health Workforce to Receive Historic Boost

The NSW Government has announced a record 10,148 full-time equivalent staff will be recruited to hospitals and health services across the State over …Learn More

NSW Seniors Festival Begins

Seniors throughout the Cootamundra Electorate are encouraged to get out and join in local activities while reconnecting with their community during this year’s …Learn More

NSW Sets a New Standard on Parental Leave

Teachers, nurses, firefighters and other public sector workers across the State will be encouraged to share childcaring responsibilities between partners under an overhaul …Learn More

Planning for the Single-Use Plastics Ban

The ban on lightweight plastic bags will officially come into force from 1 June, in line with the first stage of the NSW …Learn More

Prince Alfred Bridge Memorial Concept Unveiled for Community Feedback

The NSW Government has released a recommended proposal to memorialise the much-loved Prince Alfred Bridge in Gundagai, with members of the Gundagai community …Learn More

Prince Alfred Bridge Memorial Options

The NSW Government has commissioned a heritage expert to memorialise the Prince Alfred Bridge at Gundagai. Conrad Gargett Group Pty Ltd will assess …Learn More

Record Number of Graduate Nurses Welcomed in Murrumbidgee

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed the news that an extra 65 newly graduated Registered Nurses (RNs) have this week commenced their …Learn More

Recovery Package to Boost Wellbeing for Regional Youth in the Cootamundra Electorate

The health and wellbeing of young people in the Cootamundra electorate is front andcentre, with the NSW Government investing $20.3 million into expanding …Learn More

Reflections Plan to Boost Wyangala Tourism

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke congratulated the launch of a statewide strategic plan to boost holiday parks on Crown land, with hopes the …Learn More

Steph Cooke stands beside a road. A sign says Kamarah behind her.

Regional Jobs the Focus as Work Starts on New Overtaking Lane at Mirrool

Jobs available in regional NSW continue to grow thanks to the $75 million Newell Highway project and the Newell Highway Program Alliance. Member …Learn More

Road Safety Improvements for Hume Highway as Part of Safer Roads Program

The Hume Highway is set to benefit from $815,000 in vital road safety works as the fifth round of the $822 million Safer Roads Program begins to roll …Learn More

Steph Cooke stands beside a road. A sign says Kamarah behind her.

Road Upgrades in Fast-Forward to Boost Local Jobs

Three road projects aimed at delivering safer and smoother journeys across the Cootamundra electorate have received a boost as part of the NSW Government’s statewide stimulus package.

Rural Financial Counselling Service Extended

The NSW Government has announced an additional $10 million over the next three years to continue the NSW Rural Financial Counselling Service across …Learn More

Safety Barrier Installation Set to Begin on Olympic Highway Between Cowra and Albury

Motorists will soon be better protected along the Olympic Highway with safety barriers to be installed between Cowra and Albury from Monday, 21 …Learn More

Renee Ford, Ana Djukic, Steph Cooke MP, Carrie Giddings, David and Marko Djukic stand in front of a school crossing.

Safety Boost for Murrumburrah Public School

Safety for students at Murrumburrah Public School will be boosted by a new school crossing supervisor, one of 98 rolling out across the state in the coming months under the NSW Government’s $18.5 million commitment to improve student safety.

Steph Cooke stands in front of a sign for the Goldenfields Way telling the direction to Wagga Wagga, Temora and Junee.

Safety Improvements Continue to Rollout on Goldfields Way

The continuing upgrade of Goldfields Way is about to take another step forward with work starting next week near Old Junee.

Scholarships Now Open for Aspiring Mental Health Workers in our Schools

The NSW Government is continuing to prioritise student wellbeing by ensuring a strong pipeline of qualified mental health professionals in our schools. The …Learn More

Steph Cooke stands in the sunshine out out the front of the Cowra Hospital.

Small Communities Have Say on Cowra Hospital Redevelopment

The Member for Cootamundra has held drop in sessions in the villages and small communities outside of Cowra to ensure their voices are heard in the Cowra Hospital redevelopment.

Small Schools of Weddin Shire Recruited to Improve Local Biodiversity

A $4,940 grant will bring together Caragabal, Greenethorpe and Quandialla Public Schools to partake in the ‘Birds, Bats and Bugs’ project, led by …Learn More

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP with Temora Mayor Rick Firman and members of Nixon Park user groups and construction workers under the amenities structure

Soft Opening of Nixon Park Temora

After months of planning and construction the Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has officially opened the upgrades to Nixon Park in Temora.

Stage Two of Safety Work on the Newell Highway to Begin

Work is set to begin next week on the second of three stages of pavement rehabilitation to improve safety on the Newell Highway. …Learn More

Steph Cooke and Minister Lee stand in a group of TAFE staff in front of a new building.

State-Of-The-Art TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre Opens in West Wyalong

The NSW Government today officially opened the new multi-million-dollar TAFE NSW Connected Learning Centre (CLC) in West Wyalong, which will expand and enhance education and training opportunities in the region.

Cowra Welcomes New Probationary Constable

A new probationary constable has commenced duties at Cowra Police Station following a formal attestation ceremony at the Goulburn Police Academy last month. …Learn More

New $5 Million RFS Command Centre and Station for Cowra

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has officially opened a new $5 million NSW Rural Fire Service …Learn More

Small Business Month Kicks Off in the Cootamundra Electorate

March is Small Business Month with a range of activities and events in-person and online available to small business owners, tailored to this …Learn More

Strengthening Work Starts On Olympic Highway Near Cowra

Motorists will soon benefit from work to strengthen a section of the Olympic Highway, about 20 kilometres south of Cowra, to make the …Learn More

Student from Cowra Celebrated at NSW Training Awards

The region’s most outstanding apprentices, trainees, students and teachers were recognised at the Western NSW 2022 NSW Training Awards held last week in …Learn More

Student from Murrumburrah Recognised at NSW Training Awards

The region’s most outstanding apprentices, trainees, students and teachers were recognised at the Riverina 2022 NSW Training Awards ceremony last week in Griffith. …Learn More

Student from Young Shines at NSW Training Awards

The region’s most outstanding apprentices, trainees, students and teachers were recognised at the Riverina 2022 NSW Training Awards ceremony last week in Griffith. …Learn More

Steph Cooke and a female student bump elbows in front of a brightly painted wall with large flowers, butterflies and bees.

Students Are Now Benefiting From Cooler Classrooms In Cootamundra

Students and teachers at Woodstock Public School and Wyangala Dam Public School are enjoying their brand new air conditioning system.

Successful Crane Lift of 30-Metre-Bridge Across Wallendbeen Rail Corridor

A 750-tonne crane has successfully lifted a 30-metre long, four-metre wide steel bridge over the rail corridor and into place along Burley Griffin …Learn More

Support Announced for 2023 Koorawatha Show

Koorawatha Show will shine brighter and bigger than ever in 2023, thanks to funding from the NSW Government’s Country Shows Support Package. The …Learn More

Support For Five Early Childhood Education Services In The Cootamundra Electorate

Aboriginal children and children from low income families in the Cootamundra electorate will have additional support to participate in 600 hours of quality …Learn More

Supporting Local Jobs with Record Apprentice Intake

The NSW Government has announced it will hire a record number of new apprentices and trainees to work on vital road and transport …Learn More

TAFE NSW Cootamundra, Narrandera, Temora, Young and Cowra Receive Classroom Technology Upgrades

The NSW Government recently announced that the Cootamundra electorate has received a share in the NSW Government’s $10 million investment in state-of-the-art technology …Learn More

Steoh Cooke and Rick Firman wear hats and sunglasses, they stand in front of a large swimming pool.

Temora Sliding in to Summer

The Member for Cootamundra has officially opened the new waterside at the Temora Municipal Pool.

Temora Swimming Pool Laps Up New Funding

Sporting pursuits in the Temora region have received a major boost after the NSW Government announced a $900,000 grant for major upgrades of …Learn More

Temora Town Band Inc to Scale New Heights After Funding Boost

Temora Town Band Inc is one of 20 NSW-based community brass and concert bands successful in receiving funds under the 2022 Community Band …Learn More

Temora Youth Leadership Program Receives Funding Through Youth Opportunities Grant

Young people in Temora will benefit from the NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities grants program, with Temora Shire Council receiving $12,746 to run their …Learn More

The 210-Piece Bridge Challenge Starts at Wallendbeen

Work to construct a temporary bridge at Wallendbeen to speed up the opening of Burley Griffin Way for local residents and freight operators, …Learn More

The Show Goes on in Junee and Illabo

Junee and Illabo shows are set to return stronger than ever, with Illabo Show able to finally celebrate its centenary this year thanks …Learn More

Three New Probationary Constables Welcomed

Three new probationary constables are commencing duties in the Cootamundra electorate after they attested at a formal ceremony at the Goulburn Police Academy …Learn More

A photo of the train platform at the Cootamundra railway station. The train tracks are in the far left of the picture with bench seats and the platform roof in the centre.

Transport and Roads Investment for the Cootamundra Electorate

The NSW Nationals in Government’s unprecedented investment in the 2020/21 Budget will see a boost for the Cootamundra electorate with safer roads, more efficient freight networks, better connections and local jobs.

Transport Infrastructure Boost Announced in 2022-23 Federal Budget

The Liberal-National Coalition handed down their 2022-23 Federal Budget this week which included a record investment in transport infrastructure. The rolling 10 year …Learn More

Steph Cooke and Minister Lee stand in a group of TAFE staff in front of a new building.

Unlocking More Opportunities for People to Get Skilled for Work

Local people are being encouraged to explore opportunities to get a first job, a new job or a better job as part of …Learn More

Upgrades On The Way For Temora’s Bob Aldridge Park

Bob Aldridge Park in Temora will soon receive much-needed upgrades through a $518,078 grant under the NSW Government’s Regional Sport Facility Fund. Member …Learn More

Upgrades On The Way For The Harden Murrumburrah & District War Memorial Pool

The Harden – Murrumburrah & District War Memorial Pool will soon receive much-needed upgrades through a $997,500 grant under the NSW Government’s Regional …Learn More

Steph Cooke stands in the new nets and cuts a red ribbon. Holding the ribbon is Andrew Scott who wears a white cricket polo shirt. Surrounding them are adults and children from the Coolac Cricket Club.

Upgrades Unveiled at Season Opener in Coolac

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has opened upgrades to Coolac Oval at the Coolac Cricket Club’s first game of the season.

Weddin Welcomes New General Manager

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed Weddin Shire Council’s new General Manager Ms Noreen Vu following a civic reception at the Grenfell …Learn More

Steph Cooke MP stands in middle front row wearing a black and white coat with black pants holding a cheque with Craig Sutton, and Representatives of Weethalle community and Bland Shire Council under a large steel structure overlooking rural landscape

Weethalle Showground Upgrades

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has today visited Weethalle Showground to celebrate $144,108 in recent funding.

Winter Holiday Fun Coming to the Region

Youth in the Cootamundra electorate will be able to enjoy a variety of workshops, programs and trips over the upcoming winter school holidays, …Learn More

Witness Room Upgrades at Young Courthouse

Domestic violence complainants and other vulnerable witnesses will be empowered to give their best evidence in court thanks to upgrades at Young Courthouse. …Learn More

Women in Agriculture – Lets Talk Safety

The NSW Government’s Women in Agriculture Lunch and Learn series in Temora on June 8 will shine a light on safety for farming …Learn More

Woodstock gets Funding Boost for Lions Park

The community of Woodstock will further benefit from NSW Government funding with the Woodstock and District Progress Association successfully applying to the latest …Learn More

Work Continues on Temporary Bridge at Wallendbeen

Work is continuing on the construction of a temporary bridge on Burley Griffin Way at Wallendbeen to restore this critical connection for road …Learn More

Steph Cooke MP with contractors Andrew and Garry Conlon at the rodeo ground. They stand in front of a new electrical box.

Work Underway At West Wyalong Rodeo And Rugby

The Member for Cootamundra has inspected the work underway at the West Wyalong Rodeo Association and Rugby Club.

Steph Cooke MP and members of the Coolamon Shire Council stand in the gateway of the new Ardlethan Sewerage Treatment Plant.

Works Now Complete On Ardlethan Sewerage Scheme

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced work is complete on the reticulated sewerage scheme for Ardlethan, providing a reliable sewerage system for the township.

Young, Bribbaree and Murrumburrah Harden Shows Set to Shine

Young Show, Bribbarree Show and Murrumburrah Harden Show are all set to shine brighter than ever this year thanks to the NSW Government’s …Learn More