Chittering considers rodeo venue

Under-18s juvenile steer riders. www.communitypix.com.au d395175
Under-18s juvenile steer riders. www.communitypix.com.au d395175

WCRC secretary Wendy Dawe said this week the Shire of Chittering was investigating providing an area of land on Grey Road, Bindoon, for the group’s use.

The site would also likely be used for pony club events and campdrafting ” one of the fastest growing sports in the country.

‘The Chittering Shire is talking about a big enough venue to include equestrian and campdrafting groups. It wants to put good infrastructure into the land so it will be around for the next 20 years,’ she said.

Shire CEO Gary Tuffin confirmed the council was investigating the viability of a new equestrian and rodeo centre in the town.

He said although the WCRC had not yet lodged a formal proposal, the shire was involved in some informal discussions with the group.

‘The council has indicated it would have no objection to the (Bullsbrook) facility being relocated to somewhere in the shire, provided an appropriate space can be found,’ he said.

‘I think there would be widespread support across the community, especially if rodeo would bring people to town.

‘Overall, it would be good for the community.’

It was revealed in last week’s Advocate that Bindoon and Gingin were being considered as possible alternative sites to the now-closed Bullsbrook Stampede Arena.

Despite a petition supported by more than 1200 signatures gathered from the rodeo community across, WCRC’s hopes to keep the Neaves Road, Bullsbrook arena open fell on deaf ears after the Federal Government refused to renew a lease on the property.