As a fifth generation grazier, who grew up here in the Snowy Monaro, it was fantastic to formally open the new multipurpose Sheep and Calf yards at the Cooma Livestock Selling Centre yesterday. After applying for grant funding several times and not being successful Council decided to go alone and fully fund this $650,000 project that was built using local contractors and without any government support . The Cooma centre handles over $50m worth of local livestock annually and this investment will deliver both economic and social benefits for the whole region from the ACT to the Victorian border and demonstrates that council continues to be a strong supporter of the rural sector across the Snowy Monaro Region.
Another exciting outcome is the second round of the $1m community grants and $14m of major projects were assessed last Monday. The community grants will see $360,000 of funding distributed to worthy community projects right across the region which is fantastic. However, we were again oversubscribed so it is unfortunate that not every applicant could be successful, even though they were all great projects.
The major projects will be announced shortly and put on display for 28 days for public comment. These projects are for major infrastructure projects and are real ‘game changers’ for the region as they will ultimately generate greater wealth for the Snowy Monaro. These projects would not be happening without the generous support of the NSW State Government.