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Wednesday, June 06, 2012



The development of Barden Park into a world class athletics facility is an important step towards fulfilling a long term vision to transform Dubbo into the sporting hub of Western NSW, the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant commented today.

"In time this track will come to rival Homebush and may find itself competing for major athletics events throughout the state and internationally, placing Dubbo firmly on the sporting map," said Mr Grant.

Mr Grant's comments come on the back of an announcement that Dubbo City Council will receive $3.5 million through the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) to construct an 800-seat grandstand and the region’s first international-standard synthetic athletics track at Barden Park. It will also feature undercover seating for 500, a training-function-administration area, modern change facilities, a canteen and internal facilities for 200 athletes.

The NSW Government has made a significant contribution towards the project.

Mr Grant recognised the vital role played by each level of Government working together to bring this project to fruition.

"I am pleased to be able to facilitate the transfer of the land that will be occupied by the Barden Park project from the Crown to ensure that this important piece of community infrastructure will remain in the hands of Dubbo city Council who will act as custodians of the site once construction is completed," said Mr Grant.

Mr Grant attributed the success of this project to the commitment shown by a number of key players including both the Mayor of Dubbo and his Director of Parks and Landcare Services, Murray Wood.

"The significant role played by the Federal Member for Parkes in helping secure the funding should not be overlooked," said Mr Grant.

"I am particularly indebted to my colleagues the Deputy Premier, the Treasurer and the Minister for Primary Industries who continue to demonstrate their commitment to regional NSW by delivering for the Dubbo electorate."

It is anticipated that the project will be completed in 2014.



Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today announced that funding under the NSW Government 2011-12 Sport and Recreation Participation Program would see $800,000 in grants provided to local projects across the state for the purpose of getting more people playing sport

 “I am delighted to learn that the Australian Red Cross will receive $5,000 to go towards running the Midnight Basketball Program in Dubbo," said Mr Grant.

The Midnight Basketball Program started in Australia a number of years ago and was established in Redfern with the aim of giving the "at risk" youth of the area a sense of purpose and an improved work ethic.

"The program is now run in a number of regional centres including Dubbo and the organisers are looking for players and people to help out," said Mr Grant.

“Increasing participation in sport and physical activity is a key priority for the NSW Government and grassroots projects run in local communities are a great way to target people and groups that need a little extra help to participate in sport."

Other funding recipients in the Dubbo electorate include the Parkes Hockey Association who will receive $4,550 for improving the umpiring skills and abilities of members.

Parkes Little Athletics will receive $2,900 for ongoing coaching, Parkes Shire Council $8,400 for the 'Hey you kids protect your lids' bicycle program in Trundle and Tullamore and Forbes Dragon Boat Club will receive $5,770 for equipment, skills and coaching training and uniforms to encourage participation in dragon boating.

Mr Grant said the benefits of participation in sport are overwhelming.

 “Whether it’s teaching new migrants how to swim, getting youth off the streets at night and into basketball competitions, or providing training for volunteer umpires and referees, the end result of these projects is that more people in NSW will have the opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity," said Mr Grant.

“This is another excellent example of the NSW Government working with the local community to ensure the best possible outcomes for the people of Electorate."

For more information on the Sport and Recreation Participation Program visit the website at or phone 13 13 02.

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