Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, pictured with volunteer Barry Hall and Warialda Racecourse Trustee Isabel Hall.
THE Warialda Racecourse Trust has received a $26,318 grant through the State Government’s Public Reserves Management Fund (PRMF) to build a new oncourse amenities block, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced today.
Mr Marshall was in Warialda recently and met with the small but dedicated group of Trust members to deliver the good news and inspect the existing ageing and antiquated amenities building.
“This funding is terrific news for the Racecourse Trust, whose members have been working very hard over the last few years to improve the facilities at what is a picturesque country racecourse,” Mr Marshall said.
“This grant is part of the more than $489,000 secured for the Northern Tablelands in the latest round of the PRMF funding.
“I inspected the existing amenities block on my last visit to the racecourse and was told about the desperate need to replace the building. I was more than happy to support the application and am delighted it was successful.
Mr Marshall said the Trust received its first-ever PRMF grant last year to install a new rainwater tank and was very happy to see more funds flowing the way of the racecourse.
“The course plays host to two big events each year – the annual picnic races and a polocrosse carnival,” he said. “The pony club also use it regularly so I’m sure they will all be pleased to hear they will soon have a new male ablution block.
“The racecourse is a wonderful community asset and I’m pleased together we have been able to secure this grant.”
Warialda Racecourse Trustee Isobel Hall said they were very pleased to receive the grant as the old toilet block was very decrepit and certainly needed to be replaced.
“We are very keen to keep making improvements at the racecourse and this project has been on our to-do list for a while,” Mrs Hall said.