• JON WOLFE

$5,000 for upgrade to Gunnedah & District Pony Club

Gunnedah and District Pony Club will get the jump on relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions with a Local Sport Grant of $5,000 to upgrade existing and to buy new equipment.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson MP welcomed the announcement of the grant program and said the funding would be used to buy marquees for weather protection and show jumping equipment.

“This is awesome news for a Club that had about 60 members last year. Sport is a vital part of our communities right across the region and the young riders will be able to raise the bar on their skills levels with the new gear and keep themselves protected from the elements.

“We’re all looking forward to returning to a more normal lifestyle after the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools will be back full time next week and in time sport for our young and not so young people will begin.

“The drought, bushfires and now the COVID-19 pandemic have created significant uncertainty for sport, particularly in regional areas.

“We love our sport out here in the bush and this money will be a massive boost for organisations like this Club, which not only help our communities stay active and healthy but also perform a vital role keeping people connected,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Gunnedah and District Pony club Secretary, Diane Hobden said the news of the grant was “so exciting”.

“We certainly didn’t expect to get this much money and now we’ll be able to buy some new equipment that we’ll be able to use in our pony camp in the September holidays which is then followed by the club’s two-day jamboree.

“We had about 60 members last year and when the conditions improve, I hope we’ll get the same number back and treat them all with lots of new equipment to use,” Ms Hobden said.