THE Dungowan Cowboys are set upgrade their public announcement systems and scoreboard thanks to a welcome funding boost from the state government.
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson was on hand to celebrate the Cowboys' $10,000 grant, which will go towards upgrading the club's facilities for the whole community to use.
"This is great news for the Dungowan community and the supporters and volunteers of the sports ground," Anderson said.
"The sports ground is the heart of the community and has enormous local support and provides great benefit to the wider region."
As well as being home to the Cowboys, the sports ground is also home to cricket and annual community events.
"The burden of the drought is a heavy load on any small community, so any financial investment in communities like Dungowan is well received and highly appreciated," Anderson said.
"It's the home ground of the Dungowan Cowboys Rugby League Club, which fields first grade and under-18 teams as well as a women's league tag team.
"In addition, minor league has a great following with an estimated 150 school children from the surrounding districts playing each weekend during the league season.
"The sports ground also has its own cricket team which plays in the local competition.
"Each October the sports ground hosts a Village Fair which is the annual community get-together and includes a display of vintage machinery, rural handicrafts, as well as horse a show from yesteryear including events such as single furrow plough pulled by horses.
"The local Progress Association also holds a Campdraft every January and September.
"[However], the impact of the drought on the Campdraft has been significant and the Progress Association has suspended the January event until conditions improve and healthy cattle are available again."
Work on the upgrades is expected to begin in the coming months.