Club Cowra

Col Stinson Park Set For Major Upgrades

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

IMAGE: Steph Cooke MP announces the huge funding boost for Col Stinson Park on Monday.

Cowra’s Col Stinson Park is set for a complete makeover, with $628,406 secured from the State Government to deliver major works that will improve local netball facilities.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke made the announcement at the park on Monday afternoon, with the funding to be provided to Cowra Shire Council to carry out the works, and the Cowra Netball Association to be the main beneficiary.

The funds have been awarded under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities grant program, which provides an allocation of funding to each Local Government Area in regional NSW.

The funding, which is the largest allocation to a single project made in the Cowra LGA in the program’s history, will be used to construct a new clubhouse for the CNA, seal the remaining grass netball courts at Col Stinson Park, and improve car parking at the park.

The new clubhouse will be built where the existing top netball courts are, and will feature a canteen, club room, dedicated netball player changerooms, toilets and showers, as well as external public toilets, which will also be used to service the nearby skate park.

There will also be an undercover viewing area and disabled toilets.

The existing clubhouse will be used as a storage building for the CNA.

The grass netball courts on the lower field will be sealed, meaning once the project is completed there will be 12 fully-sealed netball courts.

The soccer field at Col Stinson Park will also be upgraded to allow it to be transformable to grass netball courts when needed, such as for the CNA’s annual netball carnival.

CNA President Amy O’Reilly said the entire association was extremely grateful for the funding.

“The CNA has been working collaboratively with Cowra Shire Council to ensure not only the CNA family but the wider community has access to quality sporting facilities, which will hopefully encourage greater community participation in sport and physical activity,” Ms O’Reilly said.

Other projects in the Cowra LGA to be funded under the same program include $57,000 to improve access at the entranceway at Matt Morrison Oval, Wyangala Dam and to construct an all-weather shelter for community users of the oval, and $146,950 for Stage 2 of the major restoration works at the Gooloogong Log Cabin Hall, including the installation of reverse cycle heating and cooling throughout the entire function centre.

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