Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has announced funding for HARS (Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Inc) located in Albion Park Rail.

Mr Ward secured funding for HARS under the State Government’s Community Building Partnerships program for a new electric forklift and replacing old non-environmentally friendly equipment.

Mr Ward was joined at the announcement in Albion Park by the HARS President Bob De La Hunty.

“Since becoming your local MP, I have worked hard and delivered grants to assist HARS and other volunteer-run community organisations. They are the essence and flavour of our local community and they deserve every accolade,” Mr Ward said.

“HARS is a popular icon in our region which attracts thousands of people to Albion Park every year. By assisting with grants like this, it means that the volunteer team at HARS can invest more time into recovering, restoring, displaying and flying significant pieces of aviation history.

“HARS has more than 800 volunteers on their books. These volunteers often came from the aviation industry, have engineering backgrounds or are just fascinated by flight. I commend each of them for their efforts and I hope this grant is emblematic of how much the NSW Government values the work of each and every person involved.

HARS President Bob De La Hunty welcomed the funding.  

“The opportunity to upgrade the equipment has been a concern for some time – so we are delighted that Gareth Ward has been able to support us to get ourselves a notch up to be clear of any concerns people had about safety and running costs,” Mr De La Hunty said.

“It made sense for us at HARS to replace the equipment with modern safe and environmentally friendly equipment.

“We are also organising some professional training to ensure that our HARS volunteers are fully compliant to safely operate the new equipment, particularly given our HARS location on the airport and constantly being around aircraft and people.

“HARS is always trying to showcase the high standard of what we are doing and this funding from our local MP Gareth Ward will allow us to do that with the acquisition of modern, safe and fully compliant equipment,” Mr De La Hunty said.