John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    New facility secures future for Riding for the Disabled

    17/11/2007 12:00 PM
     
    17/11/07

    The future of Riding for the Disabled Capricorn group has been set for the next 20 years, with today’s official opening of a new riding facility at Pinjar in Perth’s northern suburbs.

    Sport and Recreation Minister John Kobelke toured the facility and met with more than 30 volunteers who provided riding experiences for 50 people with disabilities.

    Mr Kobelke said the new facility was superior to the group’s former site in Floreat.

    “This is definitely a win-win for everyone,” he said.

    “The RDA Capricorn group was previously located on land that will be needed for sporting facilities on AK Reserve to replace the ageing facilities at Perry Lakes.

    “The State Government, acknowledging the importance of the activities provided by RDA and the Capricorn Group, undertook to provide an alternative location and the resulting facility will serve the organisation for many years to come.

    “They now have long-term security of tenure, because the site is Crown land vested in the RDA State Association at no cost for 20 years.”

    The Carpenter Government provided more than $170,000 in funding support for the relocation, with the RDA Capricorn’s new headquarters including a residence, stables, workshop, dressage area and 16 reticulated paddocks.

    “There is now a great opportunity to expand RDA’s operations to provide even more opportunities for people with a disability to experience riding,” Mr Kobelke said.

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