Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today handed a cheque for $768,982 to Weddin Shire Council to revitalise Grenfell’s charming historic Main Street.

Ms Cooke visited the street to announce the project as successful in Round One of the NSW Government’s $200 million Stronger Country Communities Fund on Tuesday.

“This multifaceted project will see the footpath extended to protect these beautiful heritage verandahs,” Ms Cooke said.

“An attractive and accessible main street forms a community’s backbone. This has the potential to really stimulate economic growth and I can’t wait to see Grenfell soar.

“Who wouldn’t want to set up shop here once this project is completed?”
Today’s announcement follows a host of recent funding announcements- with $4,174,955 committed across the electorate in Round One of the funding.

“This project will benefit the elderly and those with challenges to mobility, local businesses, tourists and residents,” Ms Cooke said.

“It’s a once-in-a-generation investment and I’m excited for the people of this electorate to start seeing their main street invigorated,” she said.

Weddin Shire mayor Mark Liebich said he was delighted to accept the cheques from Ms Cooke.

“This project is all about ensuring the long term sustainability of the community and protecting the heritage of our town,” he said.

“It provides the foundation for future beautification with new plantings, street seating and sculpture with a special reference to Henry Lawson, reflecting our proud history.

“Steph has supported us the whole way throughout this application and we’re extremely grateful for her work and commitment to the region.”

The Stronger Country Communities fund is one of the six funds that make up the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is designed to improve economic growth and productivity through investment in regional communities.

Applications for Round Two opened on Monday, March 12 and close at 5pm on Friday, May 4, 2018.

After an unprecedented demand for funding in Round One of the Fund, an additional $100 million for local sports infrastructure has been committed for Round Two. This means a total of $200 million will be available in Round Two for local sports and amenity projects.

Further details on Round 2 of the Stronger Country Communities Fund can be found at

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