Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced more than $1.5 million in funding to give projects in Weddin Shire a boost through round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The money announced today will fund eight projects, plus an additional part-funding grant, which will allow sport and community groups to provide even more enjoyment and satisfaction for participants.

“It’s wonderful to be able to play a role in the team effort which brings so many benefits to the Weddin Shire community,” Ms Cooke said.

“These groups work hard with their sports and activities, and it’s a tribute to their dedication that the Stronger Country Communities Fund recognises their commitment.”

The projects are:

  • $820,000 for renewal of amenities at Henry Lawson Oval
  • $150,000 for green and club house renewal at Caragabal Country Club
  • $110,000 for access and water access upgrades at Bogolong Dam
  • $110,000 for improved spectator facilities at Henry Lawson Oval
  • $101,040 for upgrades at RB Bembrick Field
  • $84,000 for water treatment upgrades at Quandialla Pool
  • $62,500 for upgrades at Grenfell Squash Court
  • $50,000 for installation of fitness equipment at Lawson Park
  • $50,424 part funding for renewal of Grenfell tennis courts

“Henry Lawson Oval, Grenfell’s premier regional rugby league venue, will have a new grandstand with change rooms, as well as the option to install tiered seating at a later date,” Ms Cooke said.

“The current grandstand owes us nothing, it has done this community proud, but now it’s time to upgrade.

“The synthetic bowling greens at Caragabal Country Club will be replaced and the kitchen will be upgraded to meet modern requirements and cater for club events.

“Bogolong Dam will be easier to access, with gravel roads making trips for water skiing and boating easier.

“Spectators here at Henry Lawson Oval will be able to watch rugby league, soccer, touch and athletics from undercover seating which, regardless of the weather, will make for a more enjoyable outing.”

Ms Cooke said RB Bembrick Field will receive an upgrade in the form of a verandah being added to the club house, allowing spectators, players and officials to watch games with protection from sun and rain.

“There will also be an electronic scoreboard and upgraded lighting, all of which will enable RB Bembrick Field to better host regional games and provide wonderful facilities to support community sport,” said Ms Cooke.

“Another important funding recipient is Quandialla Pool, which needs filtration and water treatment system upgrades. The $84,000 grant will ensure the pool remains available for the community to continue using this great facility, which will be a perfect solution for when the hot days get too much.

“Grenfell Squash Court will receive replacement walls which are low maintenance, as the painted surfaces are protected behind toughened glass. A composite back wall and work to sand and finish the floors will give the courts a new lease on life.

“And if squash is a bit on the energetic side for your tastes, Lawson Park will receive a range of fitness equipment to enable park users to add to their exercise routine. These fitness machines will enable users to reach for their own exercise goals and complement the joy of a walk in this beautiful park.”

Grenfell Tennis Courts received $50,424 part funding to go towards the renewal of its playing surfaces.

“The club will be able to host annual tournaments, hold coaching programs and help all levels of player to improve their game,” Ms Cooke added.

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