Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today announced $24,000 funding to Riding for the Disabled (NSW) Illawarra Centre to replace a wooden fence around their arena.
Mr Ward has joined with representatives from Riding for the Disabled Illawarra Centre for this morning’s funding announcement.
“I am absolutely delighted to announce this funding which has allowed the club to upgrade their facility here in Jerrera,” he said.
“This should not been since as a cost to Government but rather a key investment into a local community asset.
“I have supported Riding for the Disabled Illawarra for many years with different projects and they do tremendous work. As somebody with a disability, I understand how important these investments are to our local community and for people with a disability.
“I would like to thank President Gary Tozer, Vice President Denise Tozer and Secretary Carmen Netherclift from Riding for the Disabled Illawarra for their wonderful advocacy to help me to secure this funding which will make such a big difference,” Mr Ward said.
Mrs Carmen Netherclift, Secretary of Riding for the Disabled Illawarra Centre said:
“We need a new roller door on the shed and guttering on the tack shed needs replacing. All of our local riding equipment, saddles and bridles and a washing machine which is also kept in this shed,” she said.
“Our games and other riding equipment and horse rugs are also stored in our tack shed, which is also required for storing equipment for our classes.
“The arena has been replaced with white PVC fencing which has really improved our amenities from a safety aspect and it also won’t splinter the way timber does.
“It is the same type of high quality material used around horse racing tracks such as Kembla Grange Racecourse and Archer Racecourse in Nowra.
“This new white PVC fencing looks a million dollars and we are really appreciative of the funding support we have received for these upgrades.
“We are extremely grateful for our local Member Gareth Ward MP and his efforts to get this funding over the line for our facility.
“Gareth Ward was absolutely fantastic is assisting us to secure this funding from the New South Wales Government,” Mrs Netherclift concluded.