Funding with for the Gwydir Eventing Club, President Jack Schouten, left and Northern Tablelands MP inspect the club’s facilities.
Thursday, 3 December 2020
THE Gwydir Eventing Club at Gravesend has jumped a major hurdle, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshal today announcing an $8,300 State Government grant to buy a new semi-portable amenities block.
Mr Marshall said since the club relocated to its current home at the ‘The Point’, members have had to use the bathroom facilities located within the farm house.
“With more than 25 riding members and 30 non-riding members, the ranks of the Gwydir Eventing Club are galloping ahead,” Mr Marshall said.
“To assist the club meet work, health and safety standards this grant will purchase a semi-portable ablution block consisting of a toilet and shower, removing the need for riders to use the amenities in the private residence.
“Utilising solar power and gas hot water, the building will be low cost to run and will be easy to relocate if the club ever chooses to shift operations elsewhere.
“Along with its core members, these facilities will also service riders from outside the club who participate in clinics run throughout the year.
“This project will ensure the Gwydir Eventing Club receives a blue ribbon for their facilities while encouraging more people to join up and learn to ride.”
Gwydir Eventing Club President Jack Schouten said the grant would go a long way to helping the small club achieve their big dreams.
“Given the current drought recovery and COVID-19 pandemic this project could not have come at a better time for our members,” Mr Shouten said.
“It is our goal to have the ablutions block installed by Christmas, however worst case we are hoping it will be completed in time for a clinic in February next year.
“With that being the case, I personally will be very busy for the next couple of months working as the trencher, plumber and builder of the facility.
“I would like to thank Adam for not only providing this grant but also taking the time to come out and visit out venue.”