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The Eugowra Promotion and Progress Association, a volunteer run community group in the heart of the Central West, have received a $5,638 funding boost through the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme.

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee visited Eugowra on Wednesday to announce the funding which includes a $3,138 grant to install a new toilet at the Eugowra Rural Transaction Centre and a $2,500 grant for upgrades at the Historical Museum and Bushranger Centre.

“The Historical Museum and Bushranger Centre houses a wonderful collection of artifacts and paintings, highlighting Eugowra’s colourful bushranger past and so much more. The funding will see a new air-conditioner installed at the Centre, along with lightning upgrades and improved ventilation to ensure these treasures are preserved for many years to come,” Mr Gee said.

“The story of bushrangers in the Eugowra area is as fascinating as many of the outlaw stories of America’s Wild West and it all happened in our area. It’s a unique part of our local and national history and this new air conditioner will make showcasing it a little more comfortable for the volunteers and the visitors.

“The Eugowra Rural Transaction Centre provides access to basic transaction services such as Centrelink and Australia Post, which many living in larger towns and cities take for granted. At the moment, staff and volunteers are using an old outdoor loo which is past its use-by-date and a bit rough to access in bad weather. A new indoor loo will be much appreciated by everyone at the RTC!

“The people of Eugowra are in the grips of severe drought and I’m delighted the Federal Government is supporting the work of the Eugowra Promotion and Progress Association to upgrade much-loved community facilities in the town,” Mr Gee added.

The Federal Government committed $22.5 million to Round Four 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme in the 2018-19 Budget, including $150,000 towards projects in the Calare electorate.