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New kitchens rule

Posted on : 11 July 2016

People in the far western NSW town of Bourke are showing off their culinary skills thanks to $20,000 worth of kitchen cabinetry and appliances from Euromaid and a $5,000 cash grant from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF).

The RASF Community Kitchen Grant supports local organisations wishing to improve their kitchen in an existing building for the broader benefit of their local community.

John Beer from the Bourke Pastoral & Agricultural Association said they were thrilled with the win. "Our current kitchen was really beyond use. These new facilities will have a widespread positive impact on the town and go a long way to supporting many organisations who come together at the showgrounds for their events," said Mr Beer.

The Wellington Men's Shed was the runner up receiving Euromaid kitchen appliances valued at $10,000.

"We've been fortunate enough to have new sheds donated by the Australian Army and fundraising by the community will enable us to shortly lay the slabs for the new sheds, replacing our existing demountable," Wellington Men's Shed treasurer Glenn Porter said. "It will be incredible to also have a fully equipped kitchen, making the Men's Shed an invaluable meeting place and healthy environment for the men of the Wellington community to come together."

According to the judges, Bourke was a worthy winner, with the town battling one of the worst droughts in history over the past four years, not to mention their showground has had the same kitchen since the early 1950's and was in desperate need of a makeover.

Kate Ross, RASF Executive Officer, said Bourke's win will give the community a big boost. "The Bourke Pastoral & Agricultural Association made an impressive grant application. Their win will see the showground kitchen facilities gain a new lease on life, with many groups able to access and use the new kitchen, contributing enormously to improved social outcomes in the community."

"Wellington was a very deserving runner up. The Men's Shed is a driving force in the Wellington community, with nearly every club, church, school and local organisation having had a project built or repaired by members of the men's shed."

"The kitchen will be used to teach Men's Shed members to cook using produce from the group’s extensive organic garden, in addition to catering for a variety of events including health seminars and monthly get-togethers with guest speakers," said Ms Ross.

In other Foundation news, 3,500 Ag Bags were sold during the Sydney Royal Easter Show raising almost $65,000 cash which will go towards funding youth-inspired community projects.

Visit www.rasf.org.au for more information about the RAS Foundation.