Upper Horton Sports Ground Trust to receive vital funds

January 29, 2018

Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, has welcomed the latest round of funding under the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme which has helped resurrect a long-running part of the New England campdraft scene.

As part of the latest round of funding, the Upper Horton Sports Ground Trust will receive $20,000 to refurbish its kitchen and provide a new shade eating area.

Trust grants officer Penelope Armstrong said the funding will be a “huge bonus” to the sports facility’s many users including the local pony club, dog school, rodeo and campdraft organisations.
“Having this grant to back us is fantastic,” Ms Armstrong said.

The kitchen upgrade is expected to be completed later this year.

It was one of five New England organisations, including local gymnastics, athletics, rodeo and community clubs, to share in more than $70,000 in the latest grants.

Mr Joyce congratulated all five organisations on their funding and gave thanks for the role they continue to play in local communities around the New England.  “Organisations like these have helped maintain links within our communities for generations,” he said.  “They offer rural and regional people, some who live far from their nearest neighbour, an opportunity to connect on a social level.  So it’s vital we continue to invest in these grassroots clubs and groups, now and in the future.”