23 January 2024

Koorawatha looks to upswing in visitor numbers after unveiling ideal pit stop – a new playground

| Jarryd Rowley
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Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said Koorawatha’s new playground was the culmination of hard work by the village’s dedicated residents. Photo: Steph Cooke.

After unveiling a new playground at Memorial Park last week, the Riverina town of Koorawatha will look to attract more visitors.

The village hopes the equipment’s location, just off the Olympic Way, will be a major drawcard for motorists making long trips.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said she was more than optimistic about the new playground being a big attraction for travellers looking to break up their journeys.

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“The new playground is a wonderful asset for the village of Koorawatha, and I certainly encourage locals and visitors of all ages to come and try out all the new equipment for themselves and enjoy the surrounding revitalised recreation area,” Ms Cooke said.

She said she was extremely proud to have supported the project, which was made possible thanks to a $441,360 grant under the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

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Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke unveils the new playground. Photo: Steph Cooke MP Facebook.

“This playground has revitalised Koorawatha Memorial Park and will allow members of the community, along with visitors to the area, to enjoy a modern facility which provides and promotes an active and healthy lifestyle,” she said.

“Residents in villages across our entire Cootamundra electorate are just so passionate about finding ways to enhance their communities, and I certainly applaud projects like this that represent a long-term vision for the future of Koorawatha.”

During the proceedings, Ms Cooke acknowledged the hard work and dedication of members of the Koorawatha Progress Association in bringing the project to fruition.

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“Today is the culmination of a lot of hard work by dedicated locals over a number of years; it takes a long time and a lot of effort to pull projects like this together, so I congratulate the Koorawatha Progress Association, particularly secretary and treasurer Jane Fisher, for their tireless commitment,” she said.

The new playground features a central treehouse tower, a flying fox, large and small swings, an obstacle course, and a buggy rocker. Park benches are provided, in addition to an undercover, accessible picnic shelter that complements the barbecue facility, while concrete pathways give access to scooters, bikes, trikes, walkers and wheelchairs.

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