Deepwater Jockey Club Secretary Tricia Stack, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Club Patron Alex Robertson-Cunningham opening the new amenities.
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall attended the Deepwater Races earlier this month and between checking out the racing form and enjoying the renowned hospitality of the district, he cut the ribbon to officially open the upgraded amenities block.
Mr Marshall said the Deepwater Jockey Club received a $7,372 grant through the state government’s Community Building Partnership Fund to upgrade their amenities block and provide facilities for people with disabilities.
“The Deepwater Jockey Club members have been working very hard over the last few years to improve the infrastructure at this great little country racecourse,” Mr Marshall said.
“I inspected the existing amenities block on my last visit to the racecourse. They were certainly in need of an upgrade and I was pleased the club was going to extend them to include facilities for people with disabilities.
“Deepwater really comes alive on race day; it’s one of the best race meetings in the district, with visitors coming from far and wide to enjoy the day so it’s pleasing to know they can now accommodate people in wheelchairs.”
Mr Marshall said it was always gratifying to be able to assist small country clubs maintain and upgrade their facilities.
“The Community Building Partnership provides financial support to so many small community groups that work hard to maintain their infrastructure and I’m always pleased when the State Government can step in and offer that leg up to make sure it happens.”
Deepwater Jockey Club President Doug Stevenson said they were very pleased to receive the grant and appreciated the support they had received from Mr Marshall.
“We are very keen to keep making improvements at the racecourse and this project has been on our to-do list for a while,” Mr Stevenson said.
“It’s the first year in a while that these toilets will be open for the public to use on race day. It’s a very welcome upgrade and we thank Adam for his support and interest.”