New tractor a boon

Riders Brooke Reilly on Duchess and Abbi Robertson on Alex with Rotarians  (left)Ray Perkins, Peter Miskelly (seated) and Laurie Duffy with the new tractor.
Riders Brooke Reilly on Duchess and Abbi Robertson on Alex with Rotarians (left)Ray Perkins, Peter Miskelly (seated) and Laurie Duffy with the new tractor.

Tractors are not cheap, so the club set about raising money to buy one. It raised $9000, partly through the Rotary Dolphin Wishing Well at Hillarys Marina, and then secured a matching grant from Rotary International.

Meanwhile, tractor manufacturers Case Tractors came to the party with a generous discount, and their local agents, Laurie and Jan Duffy�s Wanneroo Agricultural Machinery followed suit with a financial contribution.

The balance came from Riding for Disabled.

�It was a great outcome, and Capricorn RDA now has a tractor with a front-end loader, hydrostatic gearbox and three-point linkage for multi-tasking accessories,� club president Ray Perkins said.

Capricorn RDA senior coach Julie Osborne said the tractor was already paying dividends. �Some volunteers have already been up and made a firebreak with the tractor. Last summer a bushfire came dangerously close.

�We are also using the tractor to plant seed to supplement the horses� feed, which will help us be more self-sufficient,� she said.

Julie said about 100 registered riders used the Capricorn RDA each week, with enormous benefits. �It helps the riders improve their co-ordination, social skills and confidence,� she said.

�It�s one time these kids get to look down at the rest of us for a change.�

Wanneroo Rotary Club is looking for new members who would like to contribute to its community service work.

For more details, phone club secretary Graeme on 0414 470 078 or email grasuesmith@ bigpond.com.