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  • Writer's pictureHon Sam Farraway MLC


Forbes Shire Council will receive over $3.5 million for major upgrades to the Forbes Racecourse precinct following the awarding of grants in the NSW Government’s Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund.

Almost $100 million was awarded to 38 clubs, associations, sporting organisations and councils across NSW in Round 1 of the Fund which invests in new or upgraded multi-sport facilities to provide more opportunities for people to play sport and be active.

NSW Nationals MP Sam Farraway said the grants would provide Forbes Shire Council with the necessary funds to build a new multipurpose equestrian arena within the Forbes Racecourse precinct.

“This new multipurpose equestrian arena will cater for all equestrian sports, including ranch sorting, camp drafting, show jumping, dressage, pony club, riding for the disabled and rodeo.

“The new facility will also be capable of supporting sports education, training and skill development events.

“This Government is investing in facilities that will provide our local communities to enjoy the benefits of sport and active recreation and building what matters to the people of NSW.

The Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund is a two-year $200 million program with grants of $1 – $5 million available.

Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres said the Fund would keep communities across NSW heathy, active and connected.

“As communities grow, providing inclusive and accessible facilities that can be used by multiple sports is vital,” Mr Ayres said.

“This program is enabling people of all ages and abilities to get on the court or pitch and enjoy the benefits that sport offers.”

Forbes Shire Mayor Phyllis Miller OAM said council was excited to have this opportunity to build a new Multipurpose Equestrian Arena in Forbes to cater for all equestrian sports in our community.

“Forbes has a long and distinguished equestrian history and this will give us the opportunity to continue to grow with a state of the art facility for sports education, training, skill development and as a venue for major competitions.”

“We are also excited about the potential this support will mean for our very active Riding for the Disabled members as this facility will be an inclusive and all abilities accessible space for riders, competitors, spectators and organisers.”

“The arena also has potential to expand its offerings to community groups and functions requiring a large outdoor space,” Forbes Shire Mayor, Phyllis Miller OAM said.

For further information on the Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund visit:


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