3 January 2023

Crown lands across Cootamundra electorate to benefit from state government funding

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Bectric Hall

Bectric Hall will receive $6750 to paint and provide maintenance upgrades to the amenities and roof of the hall. Photo: Supplied.

The Cootamundra electorate is set to benefit from more than $867,000 in funding from the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund to improve and upgrade Crown land and reserves.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke welcomed the funding and said it would boost the local economy, provide benefits to the community, and contribute to the cultural, sporting and recreational life of the region.

“Crown reserves provide land for sport and recreation, homes for community organisations, open space for healthy lifestyles, and protect our environment including sensitive habitat for native plants and animals,” Ms Cooke said.

“It’s fantastic that funding has been allocated to support local reserves and community facilities right across the Cootamundra electorate.”

The NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund beneficiaries include Bectric Hall and Recreation Reserve, Sebastapol Travelling Stock Reserve, Ganmain Showground, Lake Talbot Reserve in Narrandera, Bellevue Hill Reserve in Cowra and Cowra Showground, Racecourse and Paceway.

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Bectric Hall and Recreation Reserve will receive $6750 to paint and provide maintenance upgrades to the amenities and roof of the hall.

Sebastapol Travelling Stock Reserve will receive $8847 for a new fence and signs to stop the public entering due to danger from old mine shafts.

Bellevue Hill Reserve in Cowra will receive $16,731 to restore habitat by removing weeds, shrubs and trees and replacing them with native trees and grasses.

Ganmain Showground will receive $18,097 to replace benchtops in the main pavilion and lay concrete under the awning of the new Lifestyle Pavilion.

Coolac Public Hall will receive $18,105 to build an amenities block with separate men’s and women’s toilets and a toilet accessible for people with wheelchairs.

Lake Talbot Reserve in Narrandera will receive $173,985 to upgrade the barbecue shelter, seats, stairs and walking trails, and make it more accessible.

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Cowra Showground, Racecourse and Paceway will receive $625,068 to upgrade its ageing electrical system and build a large all-weather undercover area for horse riders which includes Riding for the Disabled.

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said Crown land covers about 34 million hectares or 42 per cent of NSW, with over 34,000 reserves across the state.

“Crown reserves provide communities with land for everything from showgrounds, racecourses, surf lifesaving clubs and community halls to parks, ovals, green space and walking trails,” Mr Anderson said.

“The Cootamundra grants are part of $16.48 million being offered statewide to support 264 projects that will benefit many thousands of people and the cultural, sporting and recreational life of hundreds of local communities.”

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