State money for rural towns

"Sport has a major role in making towns and cities exciting and vibrant places to live," MP Steph Cooke said.

"Sport has a major role in making towns and cities exciting and vibrant places to live," MP Steph Cooke said.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced an additional $200 million will be available for regional towns and cities across NSW - including those in the Cootamundra electorate - as part of Round Two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The new funding comes on top of the $100 million announced in Round One, which has already been allocated to projects across regional areas that will improve local amenities and community facilities.

Ms Cooke said that of the fresh $200 million available in the second round of funding, half of it, $100 million, will be allocated specifically towards sports projects in the bush.

"There was such an overwhelming response to Round One of this Fund, the NSW Government has decided to increase the funding for Round Two, and include dedicated funding for sports projects in the regions," she said. "Sport has a major role in making towns and cities exciting and vibrant places to live. “Stronger Country Communities applications for Round Two open on March 12 and will close May 4, 2018.

"With 50 per cent of round two funding dedicated to local sport, we'll see a mix of projects including better fields for kids to play on, amenity upgrades, new parks, new playgrounds and much more.”

Ms Cooke said Round One of the Strong Country Communities Fund already delivered some important projects for Cootamundra, including a shared pedestrian and bike path ($773,359)  in Young.

"We have already seen the sorts of valuable projects this fund can deliver for our communities, and I encourage locals and community groups to speak with your local council and myself, to put forward ideas for projects that you'd like to see happen as part of Round Two," she said.