Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Steph Cooke has announced $869,139 from the NSW Nationals in Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund to build new recreational facilities, create new health programs and upgrade infrastructure.

The funding is being invested in five projects:

  • $66,521 for the Griffith Lions to upgrade the community shelter at Lake Wyangan.
  • $194,509 for the Griffith PCYC to run programs on resilience and capacity building targeting at-risk youth disengaged from education and employment opportunities.
  • $128,251 for the Hanwood Football Club to upgrade lighting at the Hanwood Football Club home ground and training ground.
  • $44,858 for Live Life Get Active to run activity and nutrition programs and education seminars about health and fitness.
  • $435,000 for Griffith City Council to design and build a BMX and scooter pump track and acilities including a shade shelter, barbecue facilities, seating and landscaping adjacent to the new Griffith Skate Park in Olympic Street.

Ms Cooke said the funding was an impressive investment from the NSW Nationals in Government into recreational facilities around the region.

“These community organisations and the Griffith City Council have done a fantastic job in coming up with these projects, this funding is so well deserved,” Ms Cooke said.

“There is a strong focus on youth and creating facilities and programs that engage young people, which is wonderful to see.”

Griffith mayor John Dal Broi said he was very pleased with the funding which would help create a recreation precinct on Olympic Street.

“Firstly I want to thank the NSW Government and the Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke who has been advocating on our behalf,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“Council has been working on this project for a few years and we already have a site set aside which will become a fully-utilised recreational hub. This will be a great facility not only for our young people but the whole community.”