Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke visited Gundagai today to unveil a new amenities block which will help residents and visitors, young and old.

The new facility, on the corner of Sheridan and Byron Streets, was built thanks to a $150,000 Stronger Communities Fund grant.

“Gundagai is a wonderful town for visitors as it offers so much to see, be it the newly upgraded Sheridan Street, the gaol, the Great Rescue sculpture or the nearby Dog on the Tuckerbox statue,” Ms Cooke said.

“The new amenities block will cater to the needs of visitors as well as the community, and offers facilities for changing babies as well as access for wheelchair users.

“There are so many great places here to have lunch or a coffee, and the new block will enable a longer stay for those who want to see all that Gundagai has to offer.”

Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council Mayor Abb McAlister said the project required significant work below street level.

“Extensive relocation of underground services such as drainage, electricity and water services were undertaken before the building could be erected,” Cr McAlister said.

“This has been a massive effort by our team and contractors to bring this facility out of the ground.

“We want to encourage people to spend more time in our CBD, and these facilities will help us meet that objective.”

Ms Cooke added that the location of the facilities was an important part of the planning process.

“With the nearest public facilities being 900 metres away, I’m sure these new facilities will be especially appreciated by mums with young children, the elderly and visitors who want to stay a little longer in the area,” Ms Cooke said.