Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

New Canteen for Penrith Panthers BMX Club

Friday May 4, 2012

Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP has welcomed the announcement of funding for the construction of a canteen, office and storage facility for Penrith Panthers BMX club in St Marys.

Penrith Panthers BMX club was awarded $88420 to construct the facility at Blair Oval in St Marys.

Club representative, Lynne Docherty said the club was grateful for the grant as without it the project simply couldn't be done.

"We have been fundraising for the last four years and have managed to raise the first $25000 towards the project," Ms Docherty said.

The club is currently using a shipping container as a canteen, office and storage facility.

"The container is old and is hard to open and close, it is hot in summer and isn't watertight, we have lost a PA system and a fridge to water damage in recent times"

"We have records, trophies and club equipment stored at various club members' houses because we can't leave it on premises safely" Ms Docherty said.

"The club now has 130 local members as well as attracting riders from out of the area and on our open days we attract riders from all over the state and have up to 450 entrants as well as their families at the oval"

"The new building will bring the facilities up to a standard that is appropriate for state level events" Ms Docherty said.

Mrs Davies congratulated Ms Docherty on the club's fundraising efforts so far and said she was pleased that the building could be constructed due to the grant.

Mrs Davies said she was delighted the NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell had announced the roll out of $35 million for 1424 community projects throughout the State.

"This is the delivery of another election commitment from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to renovate infrastructure across the State" Mrs Davies said.

"Local construction and trades jobs and local businesses stand to benefit from the activity as community infrastructure is built, refurbished or enhanced."

"There was strong competition for the available funds and a high level of interest from the community with almost 3,000 applications received across the State in total."

"I look forward to seeing the benefits to our communities as projects are undertaken and more importantly put into use across the Mulgoa electorate" Mrs Davies said.

Other projects to receive funding in the Mulgoa electorate include:

A new fence for Saunders Oval, St Clair

New Floodlights for Netball Training at Holy Spirit Primary School, St Clair

Shade sails, rainwater tank and a bathroom renovation for Harold Wheen Preschool,

Air conditioning for the Life Education at Colyton.

A nature trail for mobility impaired people at Mamre House, St Marys

Building works for health, safety and fire regulations at Orchard Hills Masonic Centre

Shade structure and waterslide for Ripples Leisure Centre, St Marys

A shade awning for the play area at Nepean Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Glenmore Park

Replacement of emergency exit lighting at 1st St Marys Scouts group

Repairs to Bennet Road Scout Hall due to termite damage

Replacement of asbestos roof at St Pauls Lutheran Kindergarten, St Marys