REGIONAL Grants Scheme funding of $257,900 has been announced for the development of an international standard Cross Country Course at the Murray Regional Equestrian Centre (MREC).
The Royalties for Regions grant will provide a key training and competition resource for riders of all ages and capabilities.
The Peel Regional Grants Scheme is administered by the Peel Development Commission.
Chairman Paul Fitzpatrick said the course formed part of the second phase of the staged development of Coolup’s MREC and the project aligned directly with Royalties for Regions’ stated objectives as well as the PDC’s Regional Investment Blueprint pillar of Tourism Excellence and Thriving Industry.
“The outcomes of adding the cross country course will be noticeable in an increased number of events, increased membership, equestrian education, training and qualifications,” he said.
“It is envisaged MREC will become a contemporary national standard equestrian centre catering for all equestrian disciplines across Peel, Perth and South-West and will serve as a catalyst for additional accommodation and tourism opportunities around the district and the Peel region.”
Murray-Wellington MLA Murray Cowper said construction of the cross country course at Coolup was an exciting milestone for the Murray Regional Equestrian Project.
“We are looking forward to a future of world-class events for the centre with a greatly expanded role for the Murray Equestrian Association,” he said.
“The new course will also provide a viable new training base for competitive riding, horse-craft, animal husbandry and other skills as the sport continues to increase in popularity.”
Shire of Murray president Maree Reid said the addition of an international standard cross country course will enable the centre to better cater for, grow and harness the economic potential of its catchment’s non-racing equine industry.