IT’S been a while coming but the drive and dedication of a small band of Attunga Rodeo committee and helpers saw a long-time dream come nearer to fruition on the weekend.
That long-time dream was to erect a multi-purpose rodeo complex on the Bill Newman Memorial Ground in Attunga, venue for the annual Attunga Rodeo.
Prior to its spectacular last year, the committee used funds received from a Tamworth Regional Council grant to purchase the arena itself, but still had to hire other facilities such as chutes, loading ramp, rear stock yards and timed event box.
But a recent State Government community building fund grant has allowed additional funding for the purchase of chutes, which were put in place at a two-day working bee last weekend.
And hopefully enough funding will be left over for the remaining amenities, according to rodeo secretary-treasurer Dianne Norris.
“The fact that we’ve done all the work ourselves means a huge save.
“And we haven’t just gone willy-nilly about building it. We’ve got a lot of ideas from those who know,” she said.
“It’ll be nice to stand back and view the finished product, and say ‘we did that’.
“There’s a light at the end of every tunnel.
“If you can’t see it, then you keep striding ahead until you find it.”
President Cameron Glass said that having a complete facility in Attunga meant a “great saving”.
“The cost of hiring facilities is huge,” he said.
“And it could be used by other bodies like bullriding, bronc riding or barrel-racing schools – even horse sales if need be,” Glass said.