THIS morning Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Nationals candidate David Layzell announced $70,000 towards electrical upgrades for the Abderdeen Sport and Recreation Club.
The $70,000 grant will allow the club to upgrade its air conditioning and electrical infrastructure including circuit breakers and switchboards, to keep in line with current Australian standards.
Deputy Premier Barilaro said the 900 member club which employs 10 locals, is an integral part of the Upper Hunter community and would have had to close its doors if it were not able to comply with current safety standards.
“The Aberdeen Sports and Recreation Club is the social hub of this community and I’m pleased that we’re able to help the club keep its doors open so they can continue to support local sports teams and feed and entertain patrons,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The club is the proud home of bowls in Aberdeen and up to 75 bowlers use the greens and facilities on a regular basis and it would be devastating for those people to lose their sporting facilities and social gatherings in one hit,” he said.
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