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Member for Monaro John Barilaro has welcomed the $75,000 upgrade to the toilet and change room facilities at the Bombala Showground announced by Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres and the NSW Footy Facilities Fund.

“Strong sporting teams are a sign of a strong community, and we are incredibly proud of the Bombala Blue Heelers and Bombala High Heelers,” Mr Barilaro said.

“With Group 16 kicking off in a few days, this announcement could not have come at a better time, and I thank Minister Ayres and the National Rugby League (NRL).

“Better facilities are important to attracting more players and we should be doing everything we can to encourage more people to get out and get active.”

The Footy Facilities Fund is designed to increase player numbers and improve the standard of Rugby League grounds and facilities across NSW.

“This may include spending on things like new seating, goal posts, canteens, lights, fields, fencing or dressing rooms,” Mr Barilaro added.

NRL Head of Football, Todd Greenberg, said grassroots facilities were crucial to the success of Rugby League.

“We want every participant across NSW to play footy at safe, secure and high quality venues,” Mr Greenberg said.

“This program not only improves facilities at local footy clubs but it provides the services needed to enable more boys and girls, and people with disabilities, to be part of our game.

“And that is crucial because there is a place for everyone in rugby league,” Mr Greenberg concluded.

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