Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke joined Hilltops Council Mayor Marg Roles, members of the Koorawatha Progress Association, and a group of excited young children as Koorawatha resident Lorna Langfield cut the ribbon to officially open the new Koorawatha Playground at Memorial Park.
A new playground in Koorawatha, south of Cowra, is expected to be a major drawcard for visitors to the village, after it was officially opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Memorial Park.
Ideally situated just off the Olympic Way, Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the new equipment will be a big attraction for travellers looking to break up their journey.
“The new playground is a wonderful asset for the village of Koorawatha, and I certainly encourage locals and visitors of all ages to come and try out all the new equipment for themselves, and enjoy the surrounding revitalised recreation area,” Ms Cooke said.
Ms Cooke said she was extremely proud to have supported the project, which was made possible thanks to a $441,360 grant under the previous NSW Nationals’ Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
“This playground has revitalised Koorawatha Memorial Park and will allow members of the community, along with visitors to the area, to enjoy a modern facility which provides and promotes an active and healthy lifestyle,” Ms Cooke said.
“Residents in villages across our entire Cootamundra electorate are just so passionate about finding ways to enhance their communities, and I certainly applaud projects like this that represent a long-term vision for the future of Koorawatha,” she said.
Ms Cooke acknowledged the dedication of members of the Koorawatha Progress Association in bringing the project to fruition.
“Today is the culmination of a lot of hard work by dedicated locals over a number of years; it takes a long time and a lot of effort to pull projects like this together, so I congratulate the Koorawatha Progress Association, particularly Secretary and Treasurer Jane Fisher, for their tireless commitment,” Ms Cooke said.
The new playground features a central treehouse tower, a flying fox, swings large and small, obstacle course, and buggy rocker. Park benches are provided, in addition to an undercover, accessible picnic shelter that complements the barbecue facility, while concrete pathways give access to scooters, bikes, trikes, walkers, and wheelchairs.