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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The Cooma North Business Precinct will get an impressive overhaul thanks to a NSW Government grant, Member for Monaro John Barilaro announced today.

Mr Barilaro joined Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor John Rooney to deliver the good news that $195,000 in funding will be delivered to upgrade the Cooma Basketball and Gymnastics Facility and upgrade the playground in Cooma North’s Business Precinct.

“This funding will deliver foyer and change room upgrades for Cooma’s basketball stadium, and will inject new life into the playground close by,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This is a significant playground and recreational facility enhancement that will have great benefits for the area.

“Basketball has been played in this hall since the late 1950s. Since then, the hall has had various changes and upgrades, and I look forward to coming back to see the work that will be done with this latest grant.

“The money will be used to bring the stadium’s facilities into 2018 and give sports enthusiasts a comfortable place to gather and play.

“In addition to the work inside the stadium, work on the children’s playground outside will see a precinct-wide improvement and overhaul thanks to this funding.

“This upgrade is an excellent example of the commitment that the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is making as we continue to support regional infrastructure, and deliver the amenities that our towns need.” Mr Barilaro said.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor John Rooney said the project aimed to expand opportunities for participation in outdoor recreation and fitness activities.

“The upgrades to the Cooma Basketball and Gymnastics Facility combined with upgrades to the playground in the nearby business precinct will increase the ability for social connections to be formed and physical health to be improved, while providing our town with an enjoyable and up to date facility,” Mr Rooney said.

“The playground upgrade will provide enhanced recreational infrastructure in Cooma North and aims to facilitate general community engagement in the area.”