Taree Croquet Club gets equipment upgrade

It was all smiles at Taree Croquet Club today as funding for new maintenance equipment was announced by Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie.

Funding of $5,000 will be made available towards the $10,950 maintenance upgrade which includes the purchase of a new mower and grooming machine.

Taree Croquet Club provides facilities and opportunities for members and visitors to learn and play croquet. Older members can continue with gentle exercise, as well as regular social contact with Croquet friends, well into their senior years – some are well over 80 years. A number of players are visually impaired, and modified equipment has been developed.

The club hosts Social Outings for local service clubs – Probus, Rotary, Masonic Lodge – and church groups, providing coaching, games and lunches, and conducts an annual course of lessons for Manning Valley U3A. The courts at Taree Croquet Club are equal to or better than the best in the state.

“I am delighted we have been able to support Taree Croquet Club and its members with this new equipment. It’s an important and essential small project that will allow the club to continue to maintain its courts to a high standard,” Dr Gillespie said.

The Australian Government’s Stronger Communities programme assists with the development of small capital projects that deliver social benefits by supporting community participation, while also contributing to the vibrancy and viability of local communities.

Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 are available under the programme. More information about the Stronger Communities programme can be found at http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/scp/

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