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January 2023


Hello again,

The year is off to a sprinting start, with many bright young faces back at school, ready for another year of learning.

As local families, teachers and support staff settle into Term One, I wish them all the very best in nurturing our students as they continue their journeys in learning throughout 2023.

With the school bus run underway once more, it is fantastic to have announced just under $26 million in additional road repair funding across the nine local government areas of the Cootamundra electorate.

This is on top of a boost to repair potholes late last year, which saw nearly $5 million flow to our local councils. This is crucial support being delivered to our local government areas given the impact of a wet year on the local road network. 

This month, we have also welcomed the latest round of Stronger Country Communities Funding across our nine local government areas. Highlights include a refurbishment of Jugiong Pool, a revitalisation of Taylor Park playground at Grenfell, a new playground at Koorawatha Park and Narrandera Water Tower, and upgrades to parks and facilities around Temora and Ariah Park.

Speaking with a constituent recently, they told me just how important playground renewal projects are given it’s an outing with the family which won’t blow the budget. With the rising cost of living, by investing money in making the public spaces in our towns and villages even better and more accessible, it is another way in which we are delivering a brighter future for regional communities.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if there is anything I can do to help. I hope to see you again soon.

Warm regards

Steph Cooke MP
Member for Cootamundra

A snapshot of the latest around the electorate

Turning the Sod for the Cowra Hospital Redevelopment

The Cowra community can look forward to enhanced health services within a new state-of-the art facility, with early works underway for the $110.2 million Cowra Hospital redevelopment.
Temora Golf Club has successfully received funding of $308,271 to undertake upgrades to the club facilities through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Five.
Improvements set for
Jugiong Memorial Pool

Hilltops Council has been successful in their application for $1,044,850 to undertake works at Jugiong Memorial Pool, thanks to the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Five.
Koorawatha Progress Association has secured $441,360 for a new playground at Koorawatha Memorial Park through the latest round of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Work is complete at the Barmedman Shop after the Barmedman Development Association secured $11,000 for roof repairs under the 2021 Community Building Partnership program.
Works are progressing on the upgrades for a secure water supply to improve water pressure in the townships of Wyalong and West Wyalong.

Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council (CGRC) have been successful in receiving funding of over $560,000 to upgrade amenities at Fisher Park in Cootamundra and Ellwood’s Hall in Stockinbingal.
A joint-use community library facility located on the grounds of Young High School is nearing the final stages of construction.
Australia Day 2023

Across the seat of small communities, Australia Day is our opportunity to celebrate all that makes our part of the world a special place to live, work and raise a family.
As children head back to school it is a timely reminder for motorists to take care in and around our school zones.
Work is set to get under way next week on the Hume Highway near Gundagai as part of critical upgrades to improve the safety and efficiency of the highway.
The Coolamon Business Park project, announced in 2019 with $1.97 million funding from the NSW Government’s Drought Stimulus package, is nearing completion. 
There will be increased fun and joy at the Cowra Aquatic Centre with Cowra Shire Council being successful in receiving $981,202 to implement a splashpad through Round Five of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
The NSW Government is investing $7.2 billion to help reduce the cost of living pressures for households across NSW with more than 70 different cost-of-living measures available via Service NSW, including:
  • Low income household rebate
  • Gas rebate
  • Regional Seniors Travel Card
  • Regional Apprentice and University Student Travel Card
  • Create Kids Voucher
  • Active Kids Voucher
  • First Lap Voucher
  • Back to School voucher
  • Before and After School Care voucher
The NSW Government has launched a comprehensive plan to make every poker machine cashless by 31 December 2028, in response to the NSW Crime Commission’s report into money laundering in electronic gaming machines.
It was great to catch up with the study team of Dr Tom Douch, Dr Emma Goeman, Staff Specialist in Immunisation at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, Cilla and Kel from NSW Health, Research Assistants Lily and Fatima at Young Town Hall. Researchers are calling for participants from the Hilltops region to take part in a study which is investigating the effectiveness of intradermal administration of the existing TGA-approved Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccine Imojev® compared with subcutaneous administration. Click here for more information about how to get involved.
Grants and Funding Open
Businesses could benefit from the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s $100 million Regional Job Creation Fund Round Three which aims to enhance job opportunities, boost staff retention, and grow and diversify business in regional NSW.
Seniors to save $250 as Applications Open for Round 4 of Popular Travel Card
Seniors living in the region will save $250 on travel costs thanks to the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Regional Seniors Travel Card.

More Grants, Funding and Scholarships


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