Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with community representatives to celebrate the start of construction of new shared facilities at Harden Racecourse.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with community representatives to celebrate the start of construction of new shared facilities at Harden Racecourse.

Today was a significant milestone in the construction of the new Harden Racecourse Shared Sporting Facility, with a gathering of user groups to mark the official start of the build.

Funding for the project, totalling $900,910 was secured through NSW Government grants.

Ms Cooke joined President of the Harden Picnic Race Club Nathan Schofield, as well as local tradespeople and representatives from the Harden Picnic Race Committee, Polocrosse Club, Rodeo Club, the Kite Festival and Hilltops Council to mark the occasion.

“This is an incredibly exciting day as we move one step closer to being able to enjoy the upgraded facilities here at the Racecourse,” Ms Cooke said.

“The fantastic new building will provide a significant boost for the community – not only when it’s completed, but also during construction as it provides work for our local tradespeople, which is so important.

“The new facility will include a new kitchen, bar and private function room for 300 people. The upgrades will also increase accessibility to the Racecourse with the addition of disabled parking at the rear of the building.

“The upgraded facility will position Harden as an ideal location for representative-level polocrosse tournaments as well as more race days and rodeo events, which will benefit the local economy.”

President Nathan Schofield said the upgrades are a welcome boost for the community.

“This is something the Harden Racecourse has needed since the early 80’s, and we’re now getting a state-of-the-art facility which everyone will be able to enjoy,” Mr Schofield said.