NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced $29,775 funding to complete some much-needed building upgrades at West Wyalong Showground.

The funding, which was secured under the $16.5 million Crown Reserves Improvement Fund, will ensure the showground buildings are compliant with Work Health and Safety legislation, as well as food handling practices.

“It is wonderful to be here in West Wyalong to announce a grant that will be used to refurbish the tea room where food is prepared, fix the sheep shed roof and repair the floor of the secretary’s office at the showground,” Ms Cooke said.

“The West Wyalong Showground is an incredibly important community facility that is widely used and it’s so important that it adheres to the mandated safety regulations.

“The upgrades will benefit the volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes, as well as those who flock to the region for show season or for functions and events such as the Annual West Wyalong Charity Campdraft.”

The Crown Reserves Improvement Fund has enabled many community facilities across the state to receive much needed repairs and maintenance.

“This much-loved facility acts as a hub for the West Wyalong community during some of its biggest events, and this grant will ensure the Showground remains useable for a number of years to come,” Ms Cooke added.

West Wyalong Show Society and Land Managers Secretary Diane Redman said the upgrades will increase the Showgrounds accessibility.

“The old buildings were incredibly poorly and run-down, so we’re excited about getting something that is state-of-the-art,” Mrs Redman said.

“We’ve finally been successful in securing funding for the building upgrades and everyone is over the moon. The improvements will attract more people to the Showground, which will help the community.”