People with disability will be empowered to take up therapeutic and recreational horse riding, with the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government committing $3.2 million for a new multipurpose equine facility in Goulburn if re-elected.

Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said sport has an important role to play in addressing social change and there is a long history of using riding therapy to support people with disability.

“This project will result in improved facilities, increased participation in sport and recreation and a general uplift in usage to ensure overall community benefit,” Mr Henskens said.

“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government has invested more than $2 billion in grassroots community sports infrastructure and programs since 2017, and we continue to help build new facilities that strengthen our offerings for the State’s regional communities.”

The project includes a new solar-powered indoor arena with accessible amenities, multi-function room for meetings and training, a fenced horse paddock, sensory garden, storage and a carpark and will be offered by Riding for the Disabled Association (NSW).

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said a new equine facility would make horse riding more accessible to people from all walks of life and develop local talent.

“Equine sports is a popular pastime in the region and this facility will go a long way in attracting more people and visitors to the area,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“This facility will have a big part to play in providing a range of services to people with disability and their families wanting to enjoy horse therapy and recreation in Goulburn.”

Riding for the Disabled Association (NSW) Jo Grove said the new multipurpose facility would help their volunteers provide more equine therapy, sport, recreation and training and safety programs for people living with disabilities.

 “Horse riding helps to improve coordination and muscular development, as well as developing confidence and self-esteem,” Ms Grove said.

“This investment will ensure that more young children and adults can enjoy the benefits of equine therapy.”