NSW Nationals Leader and Member for Monaro John Barilaro joined local MLC Bronnie Taylor to announce Cooma Monaro Historic Automobile Club’s plans for a museum will become a reality thanks to the Stronger Countries Community Fund.

Mr Barilaro said plans to build a museum provides a number of opportunities, including growing the club membership and attracting more tourists to the region.

“The entire community will benefit from this significant upgrade, with car enthusiasts travelling great distances to meet other clubs and to view unique vehicles and memorabilia,” Mr Barilaro said.

“On top of the tourism benefits, this nearly $310,000 project will also help boost the local economy, by generating work for local tradespeople during the museum’s construction.”

Monaro region MLC Bronnie Taylor said the Cooma Monaro Historic Automobile Club already provided a number of benefits for the region, with out of town car enthusiasts regularly travelling to Cooma for events and meetings.

“I’m excited to see the contribution of this club to the local community continue to grow and I know there will be a number of flow on benefits to the local economy,” Ms Taylor said.

Cooma Monaro Historic Automobile Club President Kel Goodman said the museum has been a dream of the club’s members for many years.

“We are thrilled that this dream can now become a reality. This fully functional museum will provide a huge boost to tourism in the region,” Mr Goodman said.

“I thank Mr Barilaro for all his support over the years to help the club grow and I know the benefits of this museum will live on for many years.”