OPENING THE SKIES TO ALL
One of the Nations largest soaring cub’s is now more accessible to women and people living with a disability thanks to a $577,271 grant from the former Government’s Regional Sport Facility Fund.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the Lake Keepit Soaring Club was an asset to the region, and it was fantastic news that more people would now be able to access the sport.
“I am a firm believer in sport and the opportunities for physical and mental wellbeing it represents,” Mr Anderson said.
“I know how important it is for all members of our communities to get out and get active and we are fortunate to have the Lake Keepit Soaring Club right on our doorstep for those who want to take to the skies.
“It’s fantastic news that recent upgrades to the facilities at the soaring club have meant that the pastime is more accessible to women and to people living with a disability.
“Congratulations to the Lake Keepit Soaring club for this outstanding initiative to support all parts of our communities.
The funding allowed the club to install a pulley gear to help people move from a wheelchair to the pilot’s seat of a glider. Also included in the project were new toilets and a septic system.
Lake Keepit Soaring Club President Chris Bowman said the upgrades would give the club opportunities to grow, well into the future.
“It was important that we improve the facilities for women and for people with a disability at the club,” Mr Bowman said.
“A key element of the upgrade was putting in new launch points to improve access to shade, as well as put in toilets for women, men and the disabled.”
“We will also now be well covered for future development with an upgraded sewerage system that will last us years.”
Anyone interested in giving gliding a try is encouraged to visit the Lake Keepit Soaring Club website at https://keepitsoaring.com/ and make an enquiry.