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Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, recently met with local community groups to discuss key priorities for Molong.

The first stop was a visit to the Molong Showground where Mr Gee was shown around the site by representatives from Molong Show Society – Col Woodhouse and Bob Sullivan. Mr Gee was given a tour of the main pavilion and luncheon pavilion which were the focus of the visit.

With respect to the main pavilion, the discussion centred around increasing its use for activities beyond the Molong Show, including for activities such as sporting and equestrian events, camping and special functions.

The building of an amenities block next to the luncheon pavilion was also discussed.

“The Molong Showground is a much-loved community facility that has served the district well but could do with an infrastructure boost,” said Mr Gee. “The first step is for a master plan to be developed (which the council is doing) so that everyone agrees on what upgrades are needed. The next step is to go after the funding. I’m very keen to work with the Molong Show Society and Cabonne Council to find ways to get improvements going quickly.”

The second meeting took place with Marg Bollinger and Cr Peter Batten from Molong Advancement Group, to discuss development of another icon of the community – the Molong Recreational Grounds.

Suggestions included upgrading the existing amenities, along with creation of female change rooms.

The final stop was at the Cabonne Council meeting where Mr Gee gave an address to councillors updating them on some of the key areas the Federal Government is investing in to support the Central West.  

Of particular interest was the $100 million investment the government is making to co-ordinate and prioritise water infrastructure projects by establishing a new authority called the National Water Grid. “The new office will harness the world’s best scientists, water experts and local stakeholders to get key water infrastructure projects like new dams moving, and to make sure the billions to be spent is value for money,” said Mr Gee.  

Mr Gee also outlined the Australian Government’s focus on improving service delivery to support the NDIS, aged-care and continued drought relief.

“Our local councils are the backbone for community development, so I am grateful to be invited to their meetings as we continue to forge strong, collaborative partnerships,” said Mr Gee.