Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said he was impressed with renovations at the Gilgandra Country Women’s Association (CWA) rooms during a tour of the upgraded facilities today.
The renovations have been funded in part with a $10,100 grant from Round 3 of the Coalition Government’s popular Stronger Communities Programme (SCP), announced by Mr Coulton in 2017.
“It’s fantastic to see what a great difference the upgrades at the Gilgandra CWA rooms have made,” Mr Coulton said.
“I was pleased to help deliver funds for the Gilgandra CWA to build a disabilities toilet in the local branch rooms, under Round 3 of the SCP.
“The existing amenities were no longer up to scratch for the local ageing and disabled community to use, meaning these new facilities will be most appreciated.
“This upgrade, along with the other improvements which are taking place at the Gilgandra CWA rooms will no doubt see an increase in the use of the rooms by family groups and community organisations.
“I commend President of the Gilgandra CWA Branch Helen Oates and the rest of the branch on their wonderful work.”
Ms Oates said the SCP grant funding, combined with other funding sources, has given the local CWA a new lease on life.
“I like to say we have the smartest toilets in town, thanks to the grant funding we have secured through our Federal Member Mark Coulton along with Local and State Government grants,” Ms Oates said.
“In the past two years we have built four toilets, renovated the kitchen, painted the entire interior, re-sanded and polished the floors, and purchased audio equipment.
“Given our upgraded facilities are significantly more user-friendly now, we are hoping for greater participation from the local community, and we look forward to hosting more local events in these rooms.”
More information about the SCP is available at www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Stronger-Communities-Programme