Sport the winner in the latest round of grant funding

Steph Cooke MP at the Gundagai Bidgee Banks Golf Course with members of local sporting organisations who are set to benefit from the construction of a new treated effluent irrigation system at the District Services Club which will service the golf course, bowling greens and sporting ovals.
Steph Cooke MP with members of the Gundagai-Adelong Racing Club committee Mick Crowe, Len Tozer, Abb McAlister and Craig Lindley.

The construction of a new treated effluent irrigation system at the Gundagai District Services Club and upgrades to female jockey and public spectator amenities at the Gundagai Racecourse are two local projects announced under the NSW Government’s latest round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke made the announcements while in the region on Thursday.

A total of $965,136 will be spent on the construction of the new treated effluent irrigation system at the District Services Club which will service the nearby golf course, bowling greens and sporting ovals, while $192,400 has been secured for upgrades to female jockey and public spectator amenities as well as an extension to the spectator viewing platform at the local racecourse.

“Increasing female participation in sport was identified as a priority element in applications by the NSW Government under round four of the fund, so I am pleased that these projects reflect that criteria,” Ms Cooke said.

“These projects aim to accommodate everyone whether you’re a player, coach or spectator, making facilities more inviting to get more people outdoors enjoying an active and social lifestyle.”

Ms Cooke also announced $409,250 under the round four funding to replace exterior walkways and install a new synthetic bowling green and boundary fence at the Cootamundra Ex-Servicemen’s & Citizens’ Memorial Club.

“The townships of Cootamundra and Gundagai are home to some of the strongest sporting clubs in the region who take pride in their sporting grounds, so it is important that we continue to see participation rates increase in the area well into the future,” she said.

Gundagai District Services Club general manager Michael Bolger said the Club, in partnership with Cootamundra–Gundagai Regional Council, is extremely excited to have been awarded the funding for the project.

“This irrigation system will complement the newly completed water treatment plant and will improve the lives of people of regional NSW, particularly our iconic town of Gundagai,” Mr Bolger said.

“We are very grateful to Steph Cooke and the NSW Government for supporting this project which is critical in maintaining and improving our community sporting assets such as the golf course, bowling greens and local sporting fields.

“The many stakeholders involved in the groundwork for the application must also be commended for their tireless efforts and we look forward to getting started on this project in 2022.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole announced that 435 projects across every single one of the state’s 93 regional Local Government Areas (LGAs) would receive funding under Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Four.

“The Stronger Country Communities fund delivers guaranteed investment in every single regional LGA in NSW and has seen $500 million invested across more than 1900 local projects since 2017,” Mr Toole said.

“About half of this latest $100 million round will deliver 189 female sporting projects, including the construction or upgrade of female change rooms, additional amenity blocks and bathrooms, and playing surfaces like netball and tennis courts.

“It will also deliver hundreds of projects that make everyday life in the regions easier, for things like new playgrounds, clubhouse, art gallery renovations, streetscape, accessibility, lighting upgrades and community programs.”

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