Riding high on the success of the Horse’s Birthday Winter Race Meet on Saturday, 1 August, the Coonabarabran Jockey Club has another reason to celebrate after receiving news that almost $100,000 has been committed to improving facilities at Coonabarabran Racecourse.
The racecourse will benefit from a $94,202 boost, which was awarded as part of the Public Reserves Management Funding on Tuesday.
The grant application, made by Warrumbungle Shire Council, trustee of the Coonabarabran Racecourse, was developed in consultation with the requirements of the Coonabarabran Jockey Club.
Funds will be used to install a commercial grade kitchen and cool room on-site, bringing the facilities up to a professional standard.
Not only will this allow the Jockey Club to cater more efficiently during each of their three annual race meets, it will also create the opportunity for other functions and community events to be held at the racecourse throughout the year.
The fully self-contained, transportable building will be installed adjacent to the existing bar area.
As part of the successful grant application, funds will be allocated to connect the racecourse with town sewerage.
Coonabarabran Jockey Club president, Stewart Rodgers, said the committee was thrilled with the funding announcement.
“It was very exciting to hear that we had been successful,” Mr Rodgers said.
“We look forward to having the first stage completed before this year’s Coona Cup on 26 October.”
With last Saturday’s Winter Race Meet attracting a strong field of 93 horses across eight races, it is evident the racecourse improvements will be put to good use.
The project is one of 17 in the Barwon electorate to receive Public Reserves Management Funding, including three other initiatives in Warrumbungle shire, including:
• $13,915 to repair the main pavilion roof at Binnaway Showground;
• $25,786 to erect fences around the new amenity area, and provide disabled access and parking at Coolah Showground; and
• $5,308 for noxious weed removal across Mendooran and Coonabarabran districts.
Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, said he was pleased to see such a large amount of funding go towards important local reserves.
“Public reserves provide social and economic focal points for western NSW communities by providing halls for meetings and social activities, sports grounds, showgrounds, holiday parks, state parks, heritage sites, nature reserves, walking tracks and recreational reserves,” Mr Humphries said.
“This funding is so important for the managers of these assets in our electorate as it allows improvements to be made that will continue to benefit the community now and into the future.”
Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, pictured with Coonabarabran Jockey Club president, Stewart Rodgers, at the Coonabarabran Racecourse, which will soon benefit from $94,202 worth of improvements as part of Public Reserves Management Funding.