Walcha locals are set to benefit from the NSW Nationals in Government, with a $200,000 grant to upgrade the green at Walcha Bowling and Recreation Club, and $16,170 for restoration work at Walcha Historical Society Museum.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the $200,000 grant will replace the ageing surface at the Bowling Club, which was showing major signs of deterioration after being used by the community for more than 10 years.

“This is great news for the Walcha locals as they have a fantastic community spirit and the Club is a big social hub,” Mr Anderson said.

“The upgrade of the green will ensure the Club remains viable as it plays an important role, uniting the community in providing a meeting place where many social functions occur.”

The Club hosts weddings, birthday celebrations, wakes, Christmas parties and service club meetings.

“The Bowling Club’s sponsorship of sporting teams in the town is returned when these teams hold their presentation nights here annually,” Mr Anderson said.

“The entire Walcha community will benefit from this upgrade, ensuring continued financial support by bowlers’ contributions to many fund-raising activities.”

Meanwhile, the Tool Room at the Walcha Historical Society Museum Complex had become a ‘safe and sure’ place for historical displays thanks to a $16,170 Community Building Partnership restoration grant.

“A grant of $1998.76 from Museums & Galleries NSW – Create NSW fund was also handed over to allow for the purchase more storage boxes for the protection of vintage clothing,” Mr Anderson said.

“This is great news for the Historical Society. They are a passionate and committed bunch of volunteers who are doing a fantastic job of looking after the town and region’s past.”

The NSW Nationals in Government are committed to making communities more liveable, cultural, accessible, safe, revitalised and healthy.