Joanne Langtry, Vicky Langtry, Jess Inch, Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP and Terry Langtry hold a novelty cheque in front of the new club building.
Joanne Langtry, Vicky Langtry, Jess Inch, Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP and Terry Langtry

The Marrar Langtry Oval upgrades have received an additional boost from the NSW Government to prevent vandalism.

The Member for Cootamundra today announced $4,482 has been awarded from the NSW Government’s Sports Grants program to install security cameras and a PA system at the oval.

Langtry Oval received $275,000 from the second round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund to upgrade amenities.

Steph Cooke MP said she was delighted to announce the additional grant for the upgrades which have been so warmly welcomed by the Marrar community.

“I am very pleased to announce the funding for the Marrar Football Netball Club, this is a fantastic building and a wonderful venue for the entire community,” Ms Cooke said.

“The passion of this Club and the work they are doing means our sporting venues are set up for generations to come.”

Project Coordinator Vicki Langtry said she was thrilled to have received the grant.

“We’re 100 years young and we’ve never had a club room, a meeting place or a place where mothers with children could sit and watch a game unless they sat in the car, and the facilities for the netballers weren’t up to scratch,”  Ms Langtry said.

“These much needed upgrades have solved four or five different problems, instead of having six different projects we’ve done it in one. I was so excited when we were told of the grant I jumped up and down.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said Regional NSW will benefit from more than $2 million in grants for local communities, which will particularly help those affected by drought, bushfires and COVID-19.

“Drought, bushfires and now the COVID-19 pandemic have created significant uncertainty for sport in NSW, particularly in regional areas,” Mr Barilaro said.

“People in the bush love sport and this money will be a massive boost for regional sporting organisations, which not only help our communities stay active and healthy but also perform a vital role keeping people connected.”

The Local Sport Grants Program awards sporting organisations up to $20,000 for projects which focus on development and participation, access and facility development.

“Women’s sport has experienced enormous success and growth both on and off the field in recent years and we want that momentum to be revived after the worst of COVID-19 has passed.”

“We are all looking forward to seeing community sport return to normal when it is safe to do so and this money will provide vital funds to help organisations be ready to resume as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted,” Mr Barilaro said.

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