Riding for the Disabled Association Inc (RDA) Maryborough will be able to upgrade their facilities with a safe and level riding surface in the proposed indoor arena with a grant of $17,720 from Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Programme, Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien, announced today.
"The RDA will be enclosing the arena so that the riders will be more comfortable in hot or inclement weather and this funding will provide an arena rake and a new sand floor surface which will be even and safe," said Mr O'Brien.
"The new rake will be able to work below the visible surface and level out the holes and hoof imprints after riding sessions.
"The RDA provides opportunities for people with a disability to enjoy safe, stimulating and therapeutic equestrian activities which are known to help participants both physically and socially.
"The RDA volunteers are a dedicated and hardworking team and are to be congratulated on the success of their application," said Mr O'Brien.
The Federal Government's Stronger Communities Programme is designed to improve the resilience of communities by providing capital grants for small projects of between $5000 and $20,000. Up to $150,000 is available in each electorate per year.
The grants are available to not-for-profit organisations and local councils. Applications for the fourth round of the program have recently closed.
Further information on the SCP, including guidelines and frequently asked questions can be found on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development's website at: http://regional.gov.au/regional/programs/stronger-communities.aspx