Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall pictured with Nullamanna Public Hall and Recreation Reserve Trust members. Back row, left, Warren Brown, Fred Crowther, Adam Marshall, Michael Mather. Front, Bev Ewen, Kerry Hardy, Irene Crowther, Leone Mather, Athol Caine and Jan Caine.
FOR many years the Nullamanna sports grounds and public hall have been central to the activities of this small but vibrant community and now, courtesy of an $18,872 State Government grant, the ground’s trustees can finally put the finishing touches on their campdraft arena and holding yards.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall recently visited Nullamanna to meet with the ground’s trustees and community members to deliver the good news and inspect the arena and famous public hall.
“Nullamanna is a proud and active small community with enormous spirit,” he said. “The sportsground and the public hall are in constant use and the trustees are very committed to maintaining and improving their facilities.
“With fundraising and government grants over the years, the trustees have managed to purchase and build their own campdraft arena using portable panels.
“For a very long time they relied on local farmers and friends to lend them their portable yards for campdrafts so a lot of work had to go into preparing for these events and then of course dismantling them afterwards.
“I’m delighted that through the Public Reserves Management Fund this hard working group can now purchase and install the final panels to complete their arena. They will also replace some damaged safety rails in the holding yards and upgrade the grounds existing water system.
“It’s a great outcome for the community and good to see the NSW Government continues to support these wonderful rural communities.”
Nullamanna Recreation Reserve trustee Fred Crowther welcomed the news and said they were delighted to be able to finally finish the campdraft arena and thanked Mr Marshall for his support of their funding application.
“We have wanted to get this arena finished for a long time now so this is very good news,” Mr Crowther said.
“During our campdraft weekends we can have up to 600 runs through the yards so it’s a fairly big event. In the past it has been so much work to put up all the borrowed panels – we’ve slowly managed to buy our own panels and this grant will help us finish the project so it’s certainly very welcome.”