Parklands legacy lives on at Tallebudgera Pony Club

1 Oct 2013 10:41 AMJann Stuckey

30 September 2013

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP has welcomed the news that Tallebudgera Pony Club has been successful in obtaining a share of the infrastructure assets from the Gold Coast Parklands redevelopment.

“Construction is about to get underway on the new Commonwealth Games athlete’s village and the Newman Government will be able to help out community clubs by donating surplus infrastructure located on the Parklands site,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Tallebudgera Pony Club, in the Currumbin electorate, will be the new owners of a large pavilion and 52 metre long shed, valued at around $560,000.

“State level competitions and events that previously couldn’t be held on the Gold Coast will be able to be held at the club due to the relocation of the pavilion and shed to the site.

“Clubs such as the Tallebudgera Pony Club that cater to wide-ranging groups are so important to the fabric of our local community and it is great to see them receive such a large boost to their infrastructure facilities.

“Families and residents of all ages benefit from the Tallebudgera Pony Club and this announcement is set to see the club continue to grow and develop.

“The Newman Government is helping local clubs in a practical way.  Parklands has valuable assets that are no longer of any use and it would be a shame to demolish them when local sport and recreation clubs can put them to good use.”

President of the Tallebudgera Pony Club Dr Ping Jaa, said this opportunity would provide significant benefits for their pony club members, Riding for Disabled and other local horse enthusiasts.

“This all-weather horse prep and riding area with a safer surface will allow events to happen that would normally be cancelled due to wet conditions or summer heat, and for this we are very grateful and excited,” Dr Jaa said.

Sports Minister, Steve Dickson said the Newman Government would provide $200,000 in funding to relocate around $915,000 worth of infrastructure assets to five local sport and recreation clubs.

Mr Dickson said the government was keen to encourage more Queenslanders to get involved in recreation and sport activity at all levels.

“We believe participation and success begin with a strong focus on grassroots sport and recreation,” he said.

“This is why we will continue to support our local sport and recreation clubs, through projects such as this.”