Backing a winner – Glen Innes Jockey Club President Mark Ritchie with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall at the Glen Innes race course finishing post.
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
GLEN Innes Jockey Club has scored a leg up with a NSW Government Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF) grant of $12,698 to replace its Gwydir Highway boundary fence, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced today.
Mr Marshall commended the volunteers on the reserve trust and acknowledgment of the importance of supporting country race clubs and their surrounding communities.
“This funding has allowed the jockey club to replace fencing and clean up accumulated weed growth along the Gwydir Highway frontage,” Mr Marshall said.
“The Glen Innes Jockey Club is a superb facility, which plays host to one of the best country race days in the north every January, and this extra financial support goes a long way to keeping the facility ‘race ready’.
“The CRIF is a tremendous funding program, allowing volunteer reserve trust members access to extra funding that can keep the community assets in good order for generations to come.”
To date, the NSW Government has invested $115 million across seven years into Crown Reserve projects.
Glen Innes Jockey Club President Mark Ritchie said the grant had been used to solve a long standing problem for the club.
“That fence alongside the Gwydir Highway and forming part of the western entrance to town, has been long overdue for a complete revamp, it was decrepit and overgrown,” Mr Ritchie said.
“This funding allowed the trust to find a timely remedy for a huge eyesore.
“The new fence has been installed along a cleared area so that the lawn can be maintained either side of the fence, with Glen Innes Severn Council planning to install the wind tower blade in the adjoining reserve.
“It’s great to look out and not be looking at a forest of privet and hawthorn bushes.”