Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton (right) pictured with Narrabri Clay Target Club life member Graham Baylis and retiring secretary Janet Baylis.
Narrabri Clay Target Club will be able to save on its power bills and invest in beautifying its grounds after installing a new solar system thanks to a $5,993 grant provided through the Federal Government’s Powering Communities Program.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton today visited Narrabri Clay Target Club to inspect the new solar system.
“Energy costs are often one of the biggest overheads for not-for-profit organisations,” Mr Coulton said.
“I’m thrilled to be able to support Narrabri Clay Target Club to help reduce its power bills and ease financial pressures. The solar panels will not only help power the club’s new watering system, but these savings will allow the club to invest in ongoing improvements to its grounds and facilities.
“It’s groups like these that are the heart of communities around my electorate, and this assistance will allow them to continue to grow, invest and support local jobs.”
Narrabri Clay Target Club President Mark Barden said this grant is a significant capital investment for the club with many long-term benefits.
“The availability of solar energy will enable the club to meet general running costs but also meet the increased need for power to operate the installed watering system that was achieved through support provided by Inland Rail,” Mr Barden said.
“Ground improvements and beautification will become more viable through drought-proofing the area thus allowing for the establishment of lawn and planting of trees.
Well shaded and pleasant grounds help attract competitors and spectators to events and encourages community use of the site.
“An unexpected positive impact from the project has been the increased level of interest from community members and other sporting bodies about the club and its activities.”
Narrabri Clay Target Club was one of 10 community groups in the Parkes electorate to receive funding under the $10.2 million Powering Communities Program, which provided each electorate with a total of $67,700 to fund up to 12 small projects.