Steph hits the ground running
Since being sworn in mid-November, Steph Cooke has impressed locals with her immediate advocacy. Already, $4 million is heading to the region’s councils locking in funds for long-awaited projects in communities across the Cootamundra electorate.
The first official grant is part of the Stronger Country Communities Fund and went to the Young Cherry Pickers Rugby League Football Club. The club received $113,000 in funding that will go towards new male and female change rooms and a significant boost to general amenities.
The cheque was presented to the club by their new local member Steph Cooke alongside Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro.
Steph Cooke said the NSW Government’s investment into the club will breathe new life into the old facilities, and will help grow membership.
“These fresh amenities will enable the club to encourage further participation in rugby league while driving membership, especially among women,” she said.
“New facilities will also allow Young to cater for bigger and better regional events, so it really is an excellent outcome for the whole community.”
Hilltops Shire Mayor Brian Ingram, who was also present for Steph’s inaugural speech in Sydney, congratulated the NSW Nationals and Liberals for the scheme, which provides councils with an once-in-a-lifetime chance to seek funding for community “wish-list” programs. He also paid tribute to Steph who has already made waves across the electorate due to her go-getter attitude.
“Our Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has shown from day one her willingness to fight hard for the projects we submitted,” he said.
“We are all very grateful for Ms Cooke’s advocacy for our community, and for the Deputy Premier and NSW’s Government’s commitment to regional NSW.”
Over in Temora, Mayor Rick Firman was similarly impressed by Steph's tenacity in securing nearly $680,000 for the Temora Town Hall and another $100,000 for the Ariah Park Town Hall.
“Our new Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke, has been critical to securing this significant investment for the Shire,” he said.
“We are all very thankful for Ms Cooke’s advocacy.”
Round Two funding will be available next year.