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Members of the Queanbeyan Bowls Club Committee are jumping for joy after Member for Monaro John Barilaro announced $230,000 to replace the existing turf bowling green with a synthetic bowling green.

Mr Barilaro visited the Queanbeyan Bowls Club today to hand over the cheque to its committee members, after the club secured funding through round three of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

“This will be a game changer for the Queanbeyan Bowls Club, with the grant going towards providing members and visitors with a high quality, low maintenance all-weather Bowling Green to play on,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The new green will help attract more players to the club, by opening up more opportunities to host events and practice days.

“Local students will also benefit from the upgrade, with a number of schools expressing interest in making lawn bowls part of its regular sports program once the upgrades are complete.”

The funding is being delivered as part of the NSW Liberals and Nationals in Government’s $100 million Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The fund, now in its third round, invests in improving infrastructure, sports and recreation grounds and community facilities across regional NSW.

To date, the Stronger Country Communities Fund has supported more than 1,000 grassroots projects across regional NSW.

Previous projects delivered through this fund in the Monaro include upgrades to the Braidwood Recreation Area, the new change rooms at Mick Sherd Oval in Bungendore, improvements to the Lake Jindabyne and Lake Eucumbene boat ramps and improved access at the Bombala Platypus Reserve.

“We are funding grassroots projects that make a real difference to the community, and I know how important it is to support the region with new infrastructure and programs,” Mr Barilaro said.

For more information, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.