Go-Ahead for Gooloogong with CBP Grants

Emma Marr, Steph Cooke MP, Sophie Sim, Arthur Chaw and Sue Sharp stand under the new range hood in the renovated kitchen.
Emma Marr, Steph Cooke MP, Sophie Sim, Arthur Chaw and Sue Sharp in the renovated kitchen.

The Gooloogong community is celebrating a double boost from the NSW Government, with two Community Building Partnership (CBP) grants.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke announced funding for two Gooloogong community groups from the CBP program for upgrades and improvements. The grants include:

  • $10,000 for the Gooloogong Country Club for Stage 2 of their kitchen refurbishment, including replacing the existing range hood system
  • $19,993 for the Gooloogong Historical Society for their new roof and drainage system.

The Gooloogong Country Club previously received $25,000 for Stage 1 of their kitchen refurbishment which installed a new fryer, freezer, wok, stove, stainless steel benchtop and repairs.

Ms Cooke said the two grants would have a big impact on the small community.

“It’s such a joy to be able to announce this funding for these two wonderful community organisations,” Ms Cooke said.

“I am so impressed with the amount of work that has already been undertaken at the Gooloogong Country Club and am pleased the NSW Government is supporting these further improvements.”

“These grants remove the financial burden from these great community groups and mean their facilities can continue to be enjoyed for years to come, helping to bring the Gooloogong community together.”

Gooloogong Country Club Board member Emma Marr said the upgrades had brought the community together.

“The Country Club’s kitchen is a real heart of our community. We thank chefs Soph Sim and Arthur Chaw for the work they do in helping us deliver community events. This has created a great working environment for the chefs,” Ms Marr said.

“We recently held an all-you-can eat buffet and we sat 180 people – which is practically our whole population! This is a chance for the community to come together and there was no way we would have been able to do this previously.”

“We are really appreciative that Steph was able to recognise the contribution our club kitchen makes to the functioning of our community.”

up of women who point at the roof of a white building and smile at the camera.

Help for Hall from Crown Reserves Fund

Steph Cooke MP, Kylie Reeves and Emma Marr stand in front of the Gooloogong War Memorial Hall and a sign bearing its name. All three smile at the camera
Steph Cooke MP, Kylie Reeves and Emma Marr

Gooloogong’s Memorial Hall will soon see a fresh coat of paint thanks to support from the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has awarded a $23,882 grant from the CRIF program for the Gooloogong Memorial Hall Land Manager, to paint the interior and exterior of the hall.

Ms Cooke said the grant would help ensure the hall could continue to be utilised by the community.

“Country halls are the homes of so many of life’s important events, and here in Gooloogong the hall isn’t just a meeting place, but a reminder of the service and sacrifice of the community in times of war,” Ms Cooke said.

“The Gooloogong Hall hosts the Cowra Early Childhood Mobile Service and I was lucky enough to catch up with them while we announced this grant.”

“The Hall is a real community hub and this work will ensure it is in the best shape to be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.”

“This support from the CRIF will enable important work to be undertaken here in Gooloogong, which is a community where a little bit of funding goes a very long way.”

Secretary of the Gooloogong Memorial Hall Land Manager Kylie Reeves said the funding was supporting a much-loved community space.

“It’s been 10 years since we full renovated the hall, and it was starting to look a bit worn out so this coat of paint will spruce it up both inside and out,” Mrs Reeves.

“The hall is so essential to our community, it hosts our mobile preschool, day-care, community nurse and is home to many local events. This will be so appreciated by the community.”

“We are a small community, but a very enthusiastic one and every cent of funding we put to good use. We really appreciate this support for our small community.”

“We will be using local painters for this work, so it’s a boost for local tradies too.”