$2 million cash splash to benefit sport and community groups

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke was joined by members of the community on Friday at Young’s Alfred Oval to announce more than $2 million in funding to go towards eight projects in the Hilltops region.

Ms Cooke met with members of various sport and community groups from Young and surrounding towns including Bribbaree and Tipperary, to congratulate clubs on their successful applications through round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

“These projects are based just here in Young and surrounds, there’s something here for everybody and this money will go towards much needed improvements to infrastructure,” Ms Cooke said.

“These groups provide so much for their members, residents and visitors, and each project will bring a little bit more to the region and make it an even more fantastic place to be.”

The projects are:

  • $754,546 to enable the completion of Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Garden.
  • $578,182 for a new commentary box, amenities and storage at Alfred Oval.
  • $280,833 to complete playing field and cricket pitch realignment at Cranfield Oval.
  • $55,436 for an electronic timing board and shade sails for Young Amateur Swim Club.
  • $107,594 for shade sails and new lighting for Young Bowling Club. 
  • $99,556 to upgrade change rooms and amenities at Keith Cullen Oval. 
  • $56,500 for improved seating and shade at Bribbaree Bowling Club.
  • $74,791 for irrigation, storage shed and driveway upgrade at Tipperary Golf Club.

“This kind of money has not been seen for a really long time, so we are very proud to announce the funding and I would like to thank the Hilltops council for their hard work towards making this possible,” Ms Cooke said.

“These projects will not only help current participants enjoy their sport even more, they will also provide a great incentive for new participants to come along and try something new. We fought really hard for this and we have hope that the funding will go a long way.

“This is money that the council just doesn’t have and the clubs themselves just have no way of raising in terms of that major infrastructure, so it’s a great day to be able to come out and to say to these groups, we’re going to fix your amenities, we’re giving you the funding to get on and get that critical work done,” Ms Cooke said.

“A lot of these clubs are the hubs of the community and this is a great opportunity.”