Senator Payne opens new stables at Hawkesbury Showground
The Hawkesbury equestrian community will benefit from a major expansion to the Hawkesbury Showgrounds with new stables to support more riders and regional events.
Through the Morrison Government’s Move it Aus - Community Sport Infrastructure grants program, the Hawkesbury District Agricultural Association received $200,000 to build 26 new horse stable blocks, taking the total to 77.
Federal Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, said the upgraded facilities will cater to a range of equestrian sports.
“These fantastic new stables will support some 10 Pony Clubs, show jumping clubs, riding clubs and horse breed associations in the district,” Minister Colbeck said.
“The Hawkesbury is one of the biggest recreational equestrian regions in NSW and these upgrades will ensure the showground remains a premier and affordable venue for training and competition.
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the new stables will encourage greater engagement in equestrian sports.
“The Hawkesbury Showground is home to the beloved Hawkesbury Show, which holds pride of place for many locals and is a focal point of the community,” Senator Payne said.
“This funding means more riders can participate, which in turn will encourage more locals into the sport.
“The new facilities are a great investment in the future of the Hawkesbury District Agricultural Association and Hawkesbury Showground, and I look forward to seeing the facilities well-used by all riders.”
Hawkesbury District Agricultural Association President, Mr Ross Matheson, was excited to see the new facilities support the growing participation of local riders and local businesses.
“The availability of these additional facilities is extremely exciting for both the Association and the equestrian users of the Showground. Their completion significantly enhances the quality of equestrian sports infrastructure available at the Showground,” he said.
“In addition to the benefits to the equestrian community, the project has engaged local businesses in the construction work.”
More than 680 projects are being delivered through the Australian Government’s $100 million Move it AUS - Community Sport Infrastructure grants program, enhancing sporting facilities across the country.