Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward; Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock, and the Hon. Paul Green MLC have today announced $520,000 funding for a major upgrade to Shoalhaven City Turf Club in Nowra.
Mr Ward and Mrs Hancock today joined with Chairman of Shoalhaven City Turf Club, Michael Martin, and CEO Lynn Locke to make this major funding announcement at Archer Racecourse in Nowra.
Mr Ward said the project will include an extension to the club’s dining room and new viewing area for Archer Racecourse as well as installation of a lift and disability accessible car spaces.
“I welcome our Government’s support for this exciting new project that will modernise the turf club and help make a day at the local races a more enjoyable experience,” Mr Ward said.
“The new deck will enable outdoor viewing of races for the first time, while the lift and improved disability parking will make it easier for people with disabilities to access the club’s facilities.
“The project has been made possible through Liquor & Gaming NSW’s Clubgrants infrastructure funding which supports new and upgraded sport and recreation facilities in local communities across NSW, including the Shoalhaven,” Mr Ward said.
Mrs Hancock said that the project will increase the turf club’s capacity for an extra 100 people on racedays with the expanded dining room and integrated balcony and viewing deck.
“As well as being the base for our local horse racing industry, Shoalhaven City Turf Club hosts a diverse range of community activities and events such as the Mud Muster and Nowra Chilli and Chocolate Festival,” Mrs Hancock said. “Upgrades to the Shoalhaven City Turf Club are long overdue and will be welcomed by locals and visitors alike.
“The Club is a successful promoter of the racing industry and regularly presents successful and enjoyable events. This grant will result in enhanced facilities and further promotion and success of the club,” Mrs Hancock added.
The Hon. Paul Green MLC also welcomed this major funding announcement: “This grant is an acknowledgement of the confidence and ability of Shoalhaven City Turf Club and will provide a great lift to the current facility,” he said.
“I know the whole team at the Shoalhaven City Turf Club are committed to our community and work tirelessly to see the facilities maintained. I welcome this investment into our local area,” Mr Green said.
The NSW Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the project is one of 11 across NSW funded from the Clubgrants category 3 sport and recreation fund in 2016-17.
“Over $50 million in Clubgrants funding is being provided in the current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness and arts and culture,” Mr Toole said.
“These grants are funded through a rebate on the State’s registered clubs’ gaming machines to reinvest profits back into community projects.
“The successful 2016/17 funding recipients have been selected from an incredibly strong field of more than 400 applicants.”
Mr Toole said the projects will make a real difference to local communities across NSW: “Our Government is pleased to provide this funding to help more people experience the many benefits of taking part in sport and leisure activities including improved fitness and well-being and greater social interaction,” Minister Toole concluded.