$100,000 win for Forbes racecourse

Rick Colless presents a cheque for $100,000 to Forbes Jockey Club President John Rennick.
Rick Colless presents a cheque for $100,000 to Forbes Jockey Club President John Rennick.

Forbes Racecourse patrons and committee members will be pleased to hear that the track will receive a $100,000 NSW Government heritage grant to go towards a renewal of the Forbes Racecourse.

Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW, Rick Colless announced details of the grant this week.

This grant is included in almost 40 grants awarded under the latest round of the Government’s Heritage Near Me Activation Grants Program.

Mr Colless said this grants program provided support to heritage items that were open to the public.

“This funding doesn’t only mean we can invest in protecting and preserving our local heritage but it means we’re giving more people the opportunity to appreciate their local history,” Mr Colless said.

“These grants acknowledge and support the vital role owners and managers of locally listed heritage items play in protecting our local heritage.”

This grant will see remedial work to be undertaken to the Grandstand at the Forbes Racecourse to allow public access.

Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton said the funding was designed for local government, businesses and community organisations to reactivate and preserve local heritage spaces and precincts.

The Heritage Activation Grants, which are part of the Heritage Near Me program, are specifically for items listed on council Local Environment Plans.