HAVING a place to call home is one of the most cherished things a person can have.
That will now be the reality for Peel Riding for the Disabled (RDA) thanks to the hard work of volunteers and members of the community.
Currently leasing facilities at the Baldivis Pony Club, the Peel RDA will be the owners of a 19th century farming property, Mead Farm, in Leda.
The homestead will get a big makeover, be kitted out and ready for it’s new owners.
New tearooms will also be created in a bid to drive more tourism in the area.
Peel RDA received $750,000 under the State Government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program for the project.
The money will allows the group to establish a long-term home base.
Agistment for their horses and ponies will also be available, saving unnecessary travel for volunteers.
Co-ordinator for Mead Farm, Kristin Hosken, was relieved and excited.
“Everyone is really happy,” she said. “This money allows us to put in the infrastructure we need and there will be a place to agist our horses.
“An important part of Rockingham’s history will be preserved and looked after for future generations.”
“Paul Papalia has worked hard behind the scenes for this.”
Mrs Hosken’s son Will has volunteered as a planning consultant for the project.
“It’s the heralding of a new era that is permanent and secure,” he said.
“Mum used to get me to help out in the past with the RDA and now I really enjoy being a part of it; there is a bright, bright future ahead.”
There are intentions to extend equine therapy to people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Peel RDA provides weekly therapeutic and recreational activities for more than 50 children from the region with volunteers and coaches, teaching horse riding and carriage driving.
Some of the volunteers also have a disability.