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The Cooma Monaro Race Club will be able to move ahead with its plan to construct two new sheds at the Ti Tree Racecourse, thanks to the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the almost $110,000 grant will be a massive help when the club hosts the biggest race day on the region’s calendar.

“The Cooma Races are always a great day, with more than 3,000 racegoers and competitors travelling hours to take part,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The continued success is thanks to club’s dedicated committee members, who give up countless hours to ensure everything goes to plan.

“Putting together the day involves a lot of hard work, but I know these new sheds will help in making it a little easier.

“The two sheds will be used as a multi-function asset. They will house starting stalls and equipment year round, while on race day they will double as accommodation for racegoers.”

Cooma Monaro Race Club Inc. President, Mick Schofield, thanked the NSW Government for the investment and said it will help the committee do more for the community.

“The club is a non-profit organisation and we like to be able to put back into our community whenever and wherever possible,” Mr Schofield said.

“The Cooma Races have been an important part of our local community for longer than the Melbourne Cup has been running.

“While the club only has one race meet each year, the community have always supported the event with many hosting their end of year celebrations on race day.”

The new sheds will also ensure the racecourse is used more often for various events and during unprecedented times such as bushfires.

Recently, the racecourse was home to hundreds of Army personnel, who assisted with the bushfire recovery in the region.

The $400 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is being invested in local programs and infrastructure that improve the lives of people living in regional NSW.