Grants for Family History and Railway Interest Groups

Kay McDonald, Steph Cooke MP, Margaret Hall, Carmel Price and Mary Murray.
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Both the Young and District Family History Group and Young Railway Interest Group have received grants for projects from the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program.

The Young and District Family History Group have received a grant for $17,000, which they will be using to purchase a microfilm reader printer. President of the Young and District Family History Group Inc Carmel Price said their new microfilm reader will transform the way people research. “We are so excited, ecstatic actually,” Ms Price said.

“This grant is going to save us a heck of a lot of work trying to raise the money to buy this intricate piece of machinery that is so vital to our research.”

The Young Railway Interest Group have received a $17,500 grant, which they will be using to refurbish a railway carriage.

Tom Douch from the Young Railway Interest Group said he was excited at the funding news. “We are grateful for the funding that will enable us to get this refurbishment project underway. At the moment, the carriage is not currently used due to its poor state,” Mr Douch said.

“When this carriage is refurbished, it will house a working diorama of Young Railway Station in 1960 when the railways were at the height. It will be a community event focal point, linking to our local history. The YRIG are thrilled.”

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the grants would help two local interest groups continue their work well in to the future. “I am so pleased these projects have secured funding from the Community Building Partnership program, which is all about developing places and spaces for the whole community,” Ms Cooke said.

“These groups help bring our local, and locomotive, history to life, their new equipment and upgrades will benefit the entire Young community. I look forward to seeing them in action.”

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