Tuesday, 03 May 2016
BOOROWA SHOWGROUND REGIONAL SPORTING AND COMMUNITY PRECINCT
Ms PRU GOWARD ( Goulburn—Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Medical Research, Assistant Minister for Health, Minister for Women, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault) (12:56): I bring the attention of the House to a successful $1 million club grant for the Boorowa Showground Regional Sporting and Community Precinct in the town of Boorowa in my electorate. This grant will enable Boorowa Council to provide the community with a fantastic facility that all sporting and recreation groups can utilise. The million-dollar investment by the State Government in Boorowa will see the construction of new facilities at the grounds, including an accessible clubhouse with a canteen, a function centre, change rooms, showers, toilets, a viewing area and a storage area that is to be shared between multiple sporting clubs. The $2.2 million project will also see the construction of a new pony club area, access and car park improvements, water storage tank installation and improvements to the racing facilities.
The upgrade to the showground will put Boorowa on the regional sporting map, offering a hub not only for locals to use but, I am confident, also will attract more competitions and meets from clubs around New South Wales. I particularly thank the Deputy Premier, Troy Grant, for giving Boorowa this wonderful opportunity through State government investment and for being involved in the announcement in Boorowa last week. I congratulate all those involved in the project, particularly the project manager responsible for the application, Leanne Leihn; the Mayor of Boorowa, Wendy Tuckerman; the General Manager of Boorowa Council, Anthony McMahon; the Assistant General Manager, Judy Jordan; the Boorowa branch of the Bendigo Bank; Boorowa Show Society President Narelle Nixon; the Boorowa Showground committee; President of the Boorowa Racing Committee, Tom Kelly; the Boorowa Pony Club; netball clubs; rugby clubs; football clubs; and all the wonderful organisations that will no doubt take pride in this great facility. Boorowa will be the place to be.
I also bring to the attention of the House the Bundanoon Fire Brigade, a wonderful community organisation in my electorate, commonly known as the Bundy brigade. Our Southern Highlands community has so much gratitude for the volunteers of the Bundy brigade and the vital work they do to keep Bundanoon and the surrounding Morton National Park safe. For more than 75 years the brigade has protected this wonderful community from fire hazards, as well as supporting other areas right across New South Wales. The 21 active members of the brigade vary in age—from their early twenties right through to some in their seventies—and they all work hard to defend the lush environment and properties in our district. The brigade is humbly supported by the Bundanoon Rural Fire Brigade Auxiliary. Since 1976 the auxiliary has been responsible for helping the brigade to raise funds for its wonderful fire station on Burgess Street, equipment and special projects.
I was delighted to join Captain Craig Rowley, NSW Rural Fire Service Inspector David Bartlett and members of the brigade and auxiliary to present with Minister Elliott a grant of $2,184 for the Bundy brigade to purchase two new 38-millimetre pistol grip auto nozzles to assist with structural firefighting. That does not sound like much, but the brigade assured me it was almost impossible to make a significant impact on the types of fires they fight without these nozzles. I am pleased that we were able to make this contribution to their operations and to keeping our community safe. I take this opportunity to thank Captain Craig Rowley, who has a full-time job and who commits so much of his time to supporting the Bundanoon community through the brigade, and President John Brock, an incredible brigade leader. I sincerely thank his team of 21 volunteers, men and women, and 20 members of the auxiliary for everything they do on behalf of the people of the Goulburn electorate.
Mr STUART AYRES ( Penrith—Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, and Minister for Sport) (13:01): The member for Goulburn delivered on a commitment given in the lead-up to the last election that the Liberal-Nationals Coalition would allocate more ClubGRANTS funding to local sporting communities if it was re-elected. The $1 million ClubGRANTS for the Boorowa Showground Regional Sporting and Community Precinct will provide fantastic improvements to facilities for a number of different sporting and community groups, including rugby, football, pony club and racing. Pleasingly, the upgrades will also make these facilities more accessible. The Goulburn electorate has a strong community spirit and desire to access these facilities and the Hon. Pru Goward has done an outstanding job in advocating on behalf of the Boorowa community for this significant upgrade to these local facilities.