Major announcements and official openings in Cowra | Photos, videos

Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson, and Deputy Premier John Barilaro made a whirlwind visit to Cowra on Tuesday.

The pair made a number of announcements and official openings before heading to Grenfell.

Chernco Engineering

Katrina Hodgkinson MP and Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, started their visit at Chernco Engineering to announce the instillation of a new state of the art plasma cutting system.

The system will help create 12 new jobs for the company.

Ms Hodgkinson said the system was a “fantastic investment from the Nationals”.

Deputy Premier Barilaro added the system would keep Chernco competitive globally.

Wyangala Sewage Scheme

Ms Hodgkinson announced the $11.4 million upgrade to the Wyangala Sewage Scheme was nearing completion.

Ms Hodgkinson said she was pleased to complete the project in conjunction with Cowra Council.

“This is a great example of state government and local government working together to deliver reliable, affordable and sustainable sewage system for the local community,” she said.

Cowra Council Mayor, Cr Bill West said it was a great announcement that the works were nearly complete.

“It’s good news and it’s good that the project also caters for the Wyangala Waters state park,” he said.

“It was an essential build but it now provides that ability to grow.”

Cowra POW Camp

Katrina Hodgkinson MP and Deputy Premier, John Barilaro were on hand for the official opening of the new amenities block at the Cowra POW Camp.

The pair joined Mayor Cr Bill West alongside the Cowra Lions Club for the official ribbon cutting.

“It is a great day and it’s great to be here,” Katrina Hodgkinson MP said.

“This is an area of reflection and learning, where people will come from miles to learn about their Australian history,” she said.

Along with the ribbon cutting Deputy Premier Barilaro and Ms Hodgkinson also unveiled a plaque that acknowledged the Cowra Lions Club contribution to the project.

The plaque was placed before a water fountain that the Lions Club had installed as their centenary project. 

Upgraded Cowra netball courts

Katrina Hodgkinson MP and Deputy Premier, John Barilaro happily opened the new upgraded Cowra Netball courts on Tuesday.

Surrounded by laughing kookaburras the pair decided against the traditional ribbon cutting and instead opted for a shoot out with some of Cowra’s young netball stars.

Ms Hodgkinson said it was thrilling to see the nation’s most played sport supported.   

“I’m stunned that the Cowra Netball Association raised $35,000 that is an enormous effort for any community group,” she said.

“What we have now is the most amazing state of the art netballing facility.

“The kookaburras are laughing, they’re happy and we couldn’t be happier,” she said. 

Deputy Premier John Barilaro shows off his shooting skill at the opening of the upgraded Cowra Netball Courts.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro shows off his shooting skill at the opening of the upgraded Cowra Netball Courts.

Cowra Showground pavilion kitchen

Katrina Hodgkinson MP and Deputy Premier, John Barilaro and the Cowra Show Society celebrated a belated opening of the Cowra Showground Pavilion’s new kitchen.

Ms Hodgkinson  said the opening had been a longtime coming.

“There was a photo in the Cowra Guardian of Ian Armstrong, Jenny Armstrong and myself all up to our armpits in detergent in the old sink and it’s amazing to see the transformation that’s taken place,” she said.

“It’s (the pavilion) a terrific place and now it has a kitchen that is functional, so well done to the show society.”