Funds to build Boomi grounds

 Fred Hobday, secretary of the Boomi Fishing Club, Bart Officer, president of the Boomi Sportsground Reserve Trust, Adam Marshall, David Oates, president of the Boomi Campdraft Association, and John Oates, Trust secretary, discuss the sports ground’s future.
Fred Hobday, secretary of the Boomi Fishing Club, Bart Officer, president of the Boomi Sportsground Reserve Trust, Adam Marshall, David Oates, president of the Boomi Campdraft Association, and John Oates, Trust secretary, discuss the sports ground’s future.

The effort to freshen up Boomi's sportsground has received new stimulus, after the Boomi Sportsground Reserve Trust won $16,219 in NSW government funding for maintenance works.

"This Public Reserves Management Fund (PRMF) funding will help the Trust take down old boundary fencing, and build a new fence while tidying up the boundary line," Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said at this week’s announcement.

"It's one step in the community's long road to overhauling the classic ground. Like so many of these public reserves, the original infrastructure was built of timber, and it now requires sustained effort to keep those buildings functional and legal."

"The PRMF funding supports the people behind the hundreds of voluntary public groups that keep these community assets alive. “

Without the people, and without this funding, our struggling country towns would lose large parts of their heritage, and the infrastructure necessary to bring people and revenue into the area."

Mr Marshall also announced $1600 in funding for the Boomi Amateur Fishing Club from the NSW Habitat Action Grants. 

The funds will be used for prizes for junior anglers at the club's annual Fish On event.

Like so many of these public reserves, the original infrastructure was built of timber, and it now requires sustained effort to keep those buildings functional and legal.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall

Trust president Bart Officer said after the fencing was renewed, the community would look at tapping more PRMF funding to overhaul the sports ground's classic open-air bush bar.

The ground hosts an annual campdraft to raise money for Boomi's three churches, and a "mud trial" event, in addition to being a favoured stop-over for car rallies.

The 2016/17 funding allocation from the Public Reserves Management Fund Program is part of a $18 million annual program of grants and loans from the NSW government to support the development, maintenance and protection of the public reserves.

For more information on the program, please visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au