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Bidgee Boxing volunteers Ann Vearing and Tracey Lewis are looking forward to utilising the soon to be refurbished bar area at the showgrounds as a community kitchen and dining area thanks to a Government grant of $69,209. Photo: Claire Williams.

Narrandera Shire has been showered with almost half a million dollars of state government money for shovel ready projects from revitalized halls to a community kitchen and youth food van.

The third round of funding through NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Program received applications not only from Council but from residents as well, creating an opportunity for passion projects to be pursued by local community groups.

The seven successful projects totaling $489,209 include:

  • $120,000 for the ‘Safe Travels – Barellan Footpath’ project – this will see a new concrete footpath to link the Community Health Centre and the Barellan & District War Memorial Club.
  • $100,000 for Community Halls – this project aims to revitalise five local community halls with much needed infrastructure up-grades and minor works.
  • $100,000 towards the Redevelopment of NIFNC clubrooms and changerooms at Narrandera Sportsground – this will replace the existing clubrooms and change rooms with new facilities including specific areas for junior and senior female players and officials, accessible bar and kitchen facilities and a covered spectator area.
  • $69,209 for the Narrandera Bidgee Boxing Community Hub – this project will revitalise the old bar area at the showgrounds with a community kitchen and dining area.
  • $50,000 for the ‘Take a Bite into the Future Youth Food Van Project’ – this will involve the purchase of a fully equipped food caravan to be operated by the Narrandera Youth Advisory Council and give young people the opportunity to prepare and serve a variety of healthy foods in conjunction with Narrandera High School Food Technology class.
  • $50,000 for the ‘Holding History: Parkside Cottage Museum’ project – this project aims to protect Narrandera’s history through installing CCTV, new display cases and some internal painting.
  • $267,417 for the Barellan Tennis Courts project – this will involve court resurfacing, new lighting and fencing.

Deputy Mayor Cr David Fahey said Council and the entire Shire community were extremely grateful for the continued support from the NSW Government led by local Member Steph Cooke.

“We are really excited about this opportunity to deliver these worthwhile projects,” Cr Fahey said.

Rounds one and two of the funding program has previously seen major works completed at Marie Bashir Park, Barellan Sportsground Change rooms, the Barellan Aged Care Units, Lake Talbot Water Park, Narrandera Golf Club, Hankinson Park, Narrandera Bowling Club, Grong Grong Earth Park, Grong Grong Sports Club, the Uniting Church and the CRC Church around the shire totalling $2.3 million to date.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said she was delighted these projects had secured funding.

“The Narrandera and Barellan communities should be congratulated for producing such a diverse range of projects catering to people from all walks of life,” Ms Cooke said. “There is something for everyone with these projects; from helping young people develop their skills in food service to some of our great sporting clubs creating facilities for all players and spectators. Well done to you all.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said $100 million was being distributed across regional NSW, with regional communities set to benefit from more than 550 new projects.

To date, rounds one and two of the program have funded more than 1000 projects.

“Locals across regional NSW are seeing the benefits of rounds one and two of the Fund, with projects making a big difference to everyday life, from new playgrounds loved by kids to light towers illuminating sporting fields,” Mr Barilaro said. “We are funding grassroots projects that make a real difference to each community, and we know how important it is to support our regional towns with new infrastructure and programs.”

The $400 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is being invested in local programs and infrastructure that improve the lives of people living in regional NSW.

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