• The Hon. Paul Toole MP

BATHURST’S RIDING FOR DISABLED ADDS A PETS AS THERAPY ANNEXE

Bathurst’s Riding for Disabled has added a Pets as Therapy annexe to its facilities.


Member for Bathurst Paul Toole officially opened the new addition, made possible thanks to NSW Government funding of more than $153,000.


It includes the new annexe to house a range of animals from a Shetland pony, deer, alpacas, goats, ducks, rabbits, chooks, a calf and even a couple of pigs.


The car park was also able to be sealed as well as fencing and concrete paths to allow easier access for wheelchairs and anyone who is mobility challenged.

Mr Toole said the new additions have made a world of difference to the local Riding for Disabled and during the official opening paid tribute to one of the organisation’s long-time volunteers.


“It gave me great pleasure to be able to surprise Melinda Gavin by announcing the new annexe would be named in her honour,” Mr Toole said.


“Melinda is the current RDA president, has given more than two decades of service, and thoroughly deserves this recognition.


“In 2011 she was responsible for starting up Pets as Therapy in addition to the RDA horses and to this day remains as dedicated as ever to a cause that she loves.


“When the grant for the RDA was announced, Melinda’s input into the design and building of the facility provide invaluable.”