Bendigo Pony Club thrilled with new clubhouse

THE Bendigo Pony Club were handed the keys for its new clubhouse on Friday. 

Club president Lisa Maud was thrilled to once again have a space for the club to meet.

"Our old clubhouse was condemned 18 months ago," she said.

"So we haven't had anywhere to run fundraisers because there hasn't been a functional canteen.

"Fundraisers ensure the survival of the club."

The Bendigo Pony Club applied to the City of Greater Bendigo for new facilities about two years ago. 

Ms Maud said the portable building featured a canteen, social space, amenities, storage, office area and classroom. 

"We used our old rooms to hold clinics where visiting instructors would teach our members new skills," she said. 

"The instructors would arrive and look underwhelmed by our old rooms.

"The new clubhouse will be sure to impress any instructors who visit in the future."

The portable was purchased by the City from Kerang TAFE.

The City funded the refurbishment of the portable, which included a fresh coat of paint and a new kitchen. 

City of Greater Bendigo Active and Healthy Communities manager Patrick Jess said the portable replaced rundown club facilities. 

“The old facilities took a battering by the wet weather of recent years, so it was time to replace them,” he said.                                   

“The club has 40 members but attracts about 70 riders each month to their rally events.

"The new clubrooms will allow people of all abilities to access facilities and will help increase the club’s member base."

The purchase of the portable and associated works cost $147,153.

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