Bigger and better cattle yards a boost for mental health

Refurbished cattle yards will provide a much-needed boost for a community that’s done it tough in recent years, according to Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders.

The Trangie District Campdraft Association will receive $30,478 from the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnerships program, to upgrade the current cattle yards and ensure a constant supply of clean stock water.

Mr Saunders said the money means a lot more than just better facilities for the cattle.

“From drought to flooding, mouse plague to COVID-19, the Trangie community has been through a lot in recent times and many of the competitors are from the land,” he said.

“Sport plays such an important role in rural communities, giving people a place to socialise and take their mind off stresses of work or home.

“This funding means better yards that will hold more cattle, yes, but it also means more people will be able to take part in campdrafting with safer facilities for the animals and humans alike!”

Trangie District Campdraft Association Secretary Joanna Hitchcock said bigger and better yards means bigger and better drafts.

“It brings a lot of people to our community, as well as being a great was for people to socialise,” she said.

“It’s a great way for people to get together and talk and have a bit of fun.”

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