Cobar Shire shows off plans for a revitalised Youth Centre

Minister for Western NSW Adam Marshall called into Cobar last week to look at some of the projects Cobar Shire Council plans to spend their NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund grants on, one of which is the upgrade of the Cobar Youth & Fitness Centre. Mr Marshall is pictured discussing the Youthie’s plans with Deputy Mayor Peter Abbott, Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders and Sam Farraway MLC (who both
accompanied Minister Marshall on his visit), Council’s general manager Peter Vlatko and Youth Centre manager Narelle Kriz.

A revitalised Youth and Fitness Centre headlines a list of community projects across the Cobar Shire to receive $776,294 in crucial funding from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Minister for Western NSW Adam Marshall was in Cobar last Friday to announce the
financial support and said $553,794
would directly benefit the local community’s youth.

“The Cobar community has been wracked by devastating drought, but as they enter the recovery phase, these great projects will only increase that sense of renewed hope,” Mr Marshall said.

“First on their to-do list is to complete stage two upgrades of the Cobar Youth & Fitness Centre, which would see Council restore a pair of squash courts, build an outdoor play area and refurbish the youth activities game area.”

Cobar Shire Mayor Lilliane Brady said expressions of interest for the build were now out, and hopes construction will be able to  commence before the end of the year.

“Projects like this have an incredible impact locally, and the upgrades to our magnificent multipurpose centre will not only benefit young people but the entire community,” Cr Brady said.

Another project funded in the Cobar Shire includes $222,500 to build the Euabalong scenic walking trail.

“Today starts a new exciting stage for the growth of our local infrastructure, and I am very excited to see more than $775,000 flow into our community,” Cr Brady said.

“We know how critical it is to keep kids in the bush, and how much of a challenge it can be, so these projects will go a long way to helping us achieve this.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said $100million was being distributed across regional NSW, with regional communities set to benefit from more than 550 new projects.

“Locals across regional NSW are seeing the benefits of rounds one and two of the Fund, with projects making a big difference to everyday life, from new playgrounds loved by kids to light towers illuminating sporting fields,” Mr Barilaro said.

The $400million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.7billion Regional Growth Fund.

which is being invested in local programs and infrastructure that improve the lives of people living in regional NSW.

Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor said round 3 of the Stronger Country Communities Fund was putting young people front and centre.

“This round of the Fund is supporting young people and giving them the opportunity to be the best versions of themselves, while also supporting infrastructure and programs in the town they love,” Mrs Taylor said.

To date, rounds one and two of the program have funded more than 1,000 projects.