New panels boost competitor numbers

27 March 2015

Over 165 competitors and approximately 330 spectators from as far afield as Glen Innes, Taroom and Caboolture converged on the Oakey and District Pony Club’s improved facilities   for its annual campdraft event on the week-end of 21st and 22nd of March. 

The event was the first hosted by the organisation since installing over 100 new portable yard panels purchased through a successful grant application to the New Hope Group’s Community Investment Fund.

Secretary for the club, Kylie Robertson, said the panels had made an enormous difference in terms of competitor numbers, functionality and safety.

“Previously competitor numbers were limited because of the restrictive yard area to hold and move cattle around for such a competition.

 “These new panels have enabled us to hold a lot more cattle; they make it easier and safer for the backyard workers moving the cattle around – and the more comfortable for the cattle.”

Ms Robertson says she has had a lot of positive feedback on the success of the day and they have already held a campdraft school for local pony club members at the improved facility.

“The addition of these panels to the existing facility will enable us to hold a lot more coaching and instruction days, clinics and competitions.  It will also enable us to hold events that we haven’t had the capacity to run in the past – like team penning events.” she said.

The New Acland Community Investment Fund assists not-for-profit community groups and organisations to develop long-term outcomes for communities around the New Acland Coal Mine.

Not-for-profit groups and organisations within the Toowoomba Regional Council area are eligible to apply for grants of $10,000 or more under the fund.

New Acland General Manager Andrew McDonald said applications to the fund are assessed by the New Acland Community Reference Group (CRG).

“CRG members, who represent a broad cross section of community interests in the area surrounding the New Acland Coal Mine, assess applications and make recommendations to the New Hope Group on appropriate community initiatives to support,” he said.