News / Community / Sport / 19th August 2021
Jockey Club attracts new members
The Coonabarabran Jockey Club’s annual general meeting was held last week, with a number of new faces joining the cause.
New committee members Angela Timmer, Lindsay Hawkins and Craig Young have all signed up to help out.
Club president, Stewart Rodgers has reclaimed his position, but is adamant he will be stepping down from his role after the all-important Coonabarabran Cup in October.
Emily Doolan will also stay on as treasurer, with the vice president position being split between both Joe Read and Jeff Matthews.
Club stalwart, Sarah Baglee has taken on a new role, helping out with advertising and social media.
“But we still have a couple of vacancies on the committee,” Mr Rodgers said.
“We had a few people who were unable to make it to the AGM, so we will be looking to fill those positions when we have our next meeting in November.”
Other than the current situation with the COVID-19 outbreak, Mr Rodgers said everything was running along nicely at the club.
He said the committee was doing everything in its power to make sure the outbreak had a limited impact on operations.
Mr Rodgers said he expects the Cup to run, but with restrictions similar to the previous year when there was a 500 capacity crowd limit.
“But it’s hard to tell at this stage,” he said.
“At this stage we are planning to hold it, but with a cap on attendees - much like last year.”
More construction work is set to take place in the coming weeks, with the last of the club’s recent grant funding going towards new day yards.
“The old ones were pulled down and we will be building six new day yards,” Mr Rodgers said.
“It will be a noticeable benefit for any trainers we have here in town and will make the place look a lot more aesthetically pleasing.”
Mr Rodgers said there was also a plan in place for an impressive mural to be painted on the side of the grandstand.
But once again COVID has caused a setback to the club’s plans, with the artist who completed other works in Coonabarabran stuck in his home state of Queensland due to lockdowns.