Warialda Racecourse trustee Isabel Hall, left, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Jockey Club Life Member Bill Shutes pictured in front of the old water tank which is set to be replaced.
THANKS to a $2,580 grant from the NSW Government the Warialda Racecourse Trust can now replace its small, leaking water tank with a larger version, finally dispensing with the need for event organisers to cart water to the grounds when hosting events.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall met with Trust members last week to deliver the good news and discuss their plans to further improve facilities at the racecourse.
“The funding has come from the NSW Government’s Public Reserves Management Fund (PRMF), from which the Northern Tablelands secured more than $413,000 in this round for a variety of projects,” Mr Marshall said.
“I’m delighted the racecourse trustees threw their hat in the ring and applied for some funding – it’s the first grant they’ve applied for through the PRMF and its good to see they are keen to make some improvements which will make the grounds more user-friendly.
“The racecourse hosts two big events each year, the races and a polocrosse carnival. The pony club also use it regularly so I’m sure they will all be pleased to hear they will no longer need to cart water from town.
“The racecourse is a great community asset and I’m pleased together we have been able to secure this grant.”
Warialda Racecourse Trustee Isobel Hall said they would now purchase a 22,500 litre tank which will adequately cater for the needs of the racecourse users.
“This is very welcome news and we thank Adam for his support,” Mrs Hall said.
“We will be looking for some more grants in the future as there are quite a lot of things we’d like to improve.
“We certainly need a new amenities block so that may be the next job on our list.”