Rowan Ramsey MP, Federal Member for Grey, joined by members of the Yunta Race Club committee, has officially reopened the new Yunta Race Club after more than two years and 4,000 volunteer hours.
The South Australian horse racing venue is located some 320 kilometres north of Adelaide. It has a long history of hosting annual equine events and has been in operation since the 1960s, but in recent years it suffered as the building started to crumble.
Now, following an injection of funds through the Drought Assistance Program and the hard work of the local community, the club has a new lease on life.
A ringing endorsement for the power of community, volunteers of all ages came together every Saturday over two years to offer their time and machinery, some even donating fuel for the machinery to help complete the project.
Key areas of the clubhouse renovation included new club storage facilities, indoor bathrooms, a bar, industrial kitchen and a huge indoor entertainment area to act as a social hub for up to 150 people from around the region.
While the new look club has already created a buzz in the community, the club committee has plans for further improvements including a playground for families.