The Narrandera Shire has benefitted from a considerable windfall via the Stronger Country Communities Fund, with more than $1.664 million granted to the Narrandera Shire to fund ten projects across the Shire.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke was in Narrandera to present the funds on Thursday.
“I’m here with some of the most incredible community-based organisations and clubs from across the Narrandera Shire,” Ms Cooke said.
“As most people in and around Narrandera know I’m a huge fan of the Narrandera Shire Council. This is a community that I have visited more times than any other since I was elected last year.”
“I absolutely love this place. It’s really beautiful, the people are lovely and it has so much potential and I’m keen to get in and help realise that potential.”
“It’s an important time for me to say thank you to all of you for the hard work, the volunteer hours that you give week in and week out.”
“It makes it a lot easier as a local member when I’ve got to have difficult conversations with bureaucrats to be able to do that if I know I’ve got really great people that I’m trying to do things for.”
The projects are varied across the community, but include $475,157 for the Narrandera Golf Club for an upgrade to the irrigation system and for fairway refurbishment, $167,108 for a new slide for the Lake Talbot Water Park, $50,000 for the Grong Grong Earth Park and $70,000 for a lighting upgrade for the Narrandera Bowling Club.
Particularly significant is $351,150 for the Barellan Aged Care Support Group. This funding will go towards building the remaining three assisted living units in the town.
The first three were opened earlier this year. Narrandera Shire Mayor Neville Kschenka was on hand to receive the funds.
“It’s really exciting news to have this injection of funds into our community. These are all deserving projects. Some of them needed upgrading badly and they’re all going to assist the community.”
I thank Ms Cooke and the State Government for providing those funds,” Cr Kschenka said.
“Not everyone could win, unfortunately. We had about $5.5 million worth of projects and we only had $1.6 million to go around. We nominated our priorities and some of them got up, and some of them the government decided were a priority.”
“In any case, it is very much appreciated. I know the community will appreciate this much needed injection of funds and activity in the shire, especially in these times of drought,” he said. David Farley spoke on behalf of the volunteer groups.
“What a great day. We’ve got an action and an outcome from a grassroots start, from community groups that are here, taken up through and worked hand-in-hand with our local council and championed by our local member Steph Cooke.”
“We’ve had stage one and stage two, but there’s no stage three at the moment, which is why we want to make sure in March we keep Steph comfortably in our electorate, because she’s delivered now and we’d like more of it. Thank you very much,” Mr Farley said.