• The Hon. Paul Toole MP

BATHURST SOARING CLUB IS FLYING HIGH


The Bathurst Soaring Club has received a major boost thanks to the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grants Program.


Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the grants would provide essential funds to assist local sporting organisations increase participation, purchase equipment and improve facilities.



“The Bathurst Soaring Club is one of those organisations that’s been flying under the radar,” he said.


“It’s nestled away at Piper’s Airfield off the Freemantle Road near Eglinton. Their grounds cover 100 acres, with about 35 private hangars, a clubhouse and two large hangars where the club keeps its planes.


“And not many residents would realise the Bathurst Soaring Club is one of the biggest clubs in the state with about 120 flying members and another 20-30 social members.”

Mr Toole said the funding of $4870 would be used to make modifications to one of its training gliders so it can be used by people with a disability.


“The rudder controls of the club’s two-seater ASK-221 glider will be modified to provide disabled access,” he said.


“Sport is a way of life in our community and the Local Sport Grant Program is another excellent example of the NSW Government delivering for the people of the Bathurst Electorate.


“These grants provide vital funds to our local clubs which in turn contributes to improved social, health and cultural outcomes for the wider community.”


Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the grants provide a welcome lift to communities as NSW emerges from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“These grants are important for the local sporting community, in particular the army of volunteers who donate their time week in, week out to ensure local sport and recreation activities are available,” he said.