Narooma and Bermagui Men's Sheds promised funding to relocate

Liberal candidate for Eden-Monaro Fiona Kotvojs has pledged $40,000 each to three Far South Coast Men's Sheds for current relocation and redevelopment works.

Narooma and Bermagui Men's Sheds are in the process of moving, while Quaama is extending, with Dr Kotvojs saying the funds would assist on top of already sourced funding.

There was also a recommendation in the works to provide a defibrillator to every Men's Shed in Australia - an idea Dr Kotvojs said was initially floated to her by the Merimbula Men's Shed as a worthy idea, which has since been taken up nationally.

Meanwhile, a shower of money is about to make campdrafters happy.

Campdrafting is known for its dust, mud, sweat and livestock. It's no wonder the organising committee behind this coming weekend's event in Candelo is excited about the prospect of showers.

Dr Kotvojs met with members of the Candelo Campdraft committee on Friday to reaffirm federal funding worth $145,000 towards the building of an amenities block at the Candelo Showground, complete with three male and three female shower cubicles, gas hot water and disability access.

Dr Kotvojs said the funding is guaranteed regardless of who wins the coming election.

She said it was part of more than $284,000 to upgrade multiple sporting facilities across Eden-Monaro to encourage physical activity in the region as part of "Sport 2030". The Coalition's goal is to reduce physical inactivity across the nation by 16 per cent by 2030.

"There's not just a benefit for the campdraft association, but for everyone who uses the showground," Dr Kotvojs said on Monday.

"They have hundreds of competitors come for the campdraft and this investment will make it much easier to attract even more interest and increase their enjoyment of the event.

"A lot of other campdrafts have been cancelled because of the drought, and competitors will be coming to Candelo from drought-affected areas.

"To have a shower, it's not a luxury...but it is."

Secretary of the Candelo Campdraft committee Jo Collins said her team was "so excited" about the funding confirmation, which was applied for through Sport Australia.

"It's such a win, not just for the campdraft committee, but for everyone in our community," Ms Collins said.

"We worked very closely with the show committee and other showground users, like the Candelo Adult Riding Club, to make the application. It was a great team effort."

The Candelo Showground currently only has one shower cubicle - in the men's toilet next to the urinal, "not particularly good" access...and no hot water!

"People come from far and wide [for the campdraft]. Campdrafting is one of the fastest-growing sports in Australia, certainly the fastest-growing equestrian sport, and it's becoming more professional.

"This is essential for us to be able to grow and expand the event," Ms Collins said.

Ms Collins said planning was well advanced with plans drawn up and a DA already approved. The amenities block should be complete within 12 months.

The Candelo Campdraft is taking place this weekend, May 4-5, at he Candelo Showground.

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