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Monday, 20 August 2018

Staging events in Cooma is set to become a little easier with the NSW Government funding a major upgrade of one of Cooma’s premier function spaces.

The Member for Monaro John Barilaro today announced $500,000 to refurbish and revamp the multi-function centre, more commonly known as the Showground pavilion, at the Cooma Showground.

“Everybody in Cooma enjoys getting together for a 21st, a sporting presentation night, a fundraiser, or the annual Cooma Show,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Cooma is a hub of activity and the funding will provide for upgrades to one of Cooma’s most loved venues.

“In addition to the major benefits for locals with community events, revamping the Showground pavilion will improve Cooma’s ability to host major events.

“This project will help take events, functions and shows to the next level which in turn will attract new opportunity to town and boost the local economy.”

Cooma Show Society President Cathy Wassink said today’s announcement means a lot to local community groups, like the Cooma Show Society, who use the pavilion.

“The pavilion is old, outdated, drab and damp and in desperate need of a makeover,” Ms Wassink said.

“Next year the Cooma Show turns 144, it’s one of the longest running country shows in NSW. Today’s pavilion upgrade announcement acknowledges how important the show is to the region.

“I’d like to thank Mr Barilaro for making the upgrade happen.”