Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced more than $2 million in funding to help give projects in the Hilltops region a boost through round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The money announced today will fund eight projects which will allow sport and community groups to provide even more enjoyment and satisfaction for participants.

“This is such an exciting day, to be here as part of this wonderful community and watching it become even more vibrant,” Ms Cooke said.

“These groups provide so much for their members, residents and visitors, and each project will bring a little bit more to the region and make it an even more fantastic place to be.”

The projects are:

  • $754,546 to enable the completion of Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Garden
  • $578,182 for a new commentary box, amenities and storage at Alfred Oval
  • $280,833 to complete playing field and cricket pitch realignment at Cranfield Oval
  • $55,436 for an electronic timing board and shade sails for Young Amateur Swim Club
  • $107,594 for shade sails and new lighting for Young Bowling Club
  • $99,556 to upgrade change rooms and amenities at Keith Cullen Oval
  • $56,500 for improved seating and shade at Bribbaree Bowling Club
  • $74,791 for irrigation, storage shed and driveway upgrade at Tipperary Golf Club

“The Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Garden has been redesigned to an authentic Chinese plan and will be a beautiful place to spend some time,” Ms Cooke said.

“I can’t wait to visit and enjoy seeing the colours and shapes created in this wonderful garden.”

Ms Cooke highlighted the important role sport plays in a community, a role which will be even more effective when these projects come to fruition.

“Sport in our communities is so important in bringing us all together for enjoyment, socialising and fitness,” Ms Cooke said.

“These projects will not only help current participants enjoy their sport even more during the evenings and at weekends, they will also provide a great incentive for new participants to come along and try something new.

“Alfred Oval will have a new commentary box which will allow Young Cherrypickers events to be televised, while the new facilities block will enable the town to host regional and state level matches which hasn’t been possible until now.

“Cranfield Oval’s redevelopment will continue with playing area realignment to create two playing fields and a cricket pitch, making better use of the space available.

“The hot weather is now with us so the shade sails for Young Amateur Swim Club will enable spectators to enjoy competitions, and the electronic timing board will give competitors and spectators instant results.

“Young Bowling Club and Bribbaree Bowling Club will also get shade sails, with Young’s club also getting LED lighting on Green 3 to make evening games more enjoyable as the sun goes down.

“Bribbaree’s club will receive permanent seating to replace the older seats, making participation far more comfortable.

“Competitors at Keith Cullen Oval will be able to get changed in upgraded changing rooms, which is so important given the high number of teams who use the oval throughout the year, with rugby league over winter and cricket taking place right now.

“Tipperary Golf Club will benefit from irrigation being installed on the greens, the construction of a storage shed and an upgrade to the driveway accessing the club, putting the club in a much stronger position to give current and new members a much better round of golf.”

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