This week, we were privileged to host Nichole Overall MP at Cooma Railway Station to help us announce $310,000 in funding for the restoration of the Railway Institute Building and Tennis Courts. We also had the opportunity to show Nichole some of the amazing work that has already been completed.

Built in 1928, the Tennis Courts are an example of the “Ant Hill” surface, built using crushed termite mounds, that was commonly used in regional NSW. These courts will be restored to original condition and will be made available to hire for the community.

The Railway Institute Building, built in 1953, was a place where railway workers could be educated as well as a social hub for railway families to connect with each other. The building will be restored and upgraded including landscaping to the surrounding grounds and will be available to hire by the community for meetings and small functions.

The project also includes the installation of a large retaining wall between the Oil Siding and the Institute Building that will provide the foundation for new visitor walking path, connecting the platform with the northern end of the railway yard.

We can’t wait to see the work completed and bring these facilities back to the community. Stay tuned for progress updates….

The full announcement can be found here:

Preserving Cooma History – Nichole Overall – Member for Monaro