Safer participation for triathletes and volunteers

Local and visiting triathletes to Dubbo will soon be able to compete more safely thanks to a NSW Government grant, Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders said.

Mr Saunders has today announced $2714 from the Local Sport Grant Program for the Dubbo Triathlon Club to purchase a portable marquee, and roof racks to allow for the safer transport of club equipment.

“The Local Sport Grant Program is all about increasing participation in sport, and a key part of that is making sure it’s safe,” Mr Saunders said.

“Triathlon is one of the fastest growing sports in this region, so it’s great to be able to provide this support to help more people embrace a healthy activity.”

Dubbo Triathlon Club President Jason Dearmer said he hoped to source the racks and other portable resources locally, and have them installed in time for the season to begin in September – if restrictions allow.

“It’s pretty exciting news for us because it allows us to transport our equipment to various places in the region, either in Dubbo or to other competitions in the Central West, and allows us to do so safely as well,” Mr Dearmer said.

The funding announced today complements the $28,000 already awarded to the club through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund to build safe steps into the river.

The club is liaising with Dubbo Regional Council to ensure the new steps fit in with the council’s long-term plan for the Macquarie River Precinct around Ollie Robbins Oval. “The Dubbo Triathlon Club is committed to making the Macquarie River safer and more accessible so the entire community – not just its members – can enjoy one of the best natural settings Dubbo has to offer,” Mr Saunders said.

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