The Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said Tamworth and District Model Engineers would receive $5,040 under Round Two of the Stronger Communities Programme for the installation of an awning.
Mr Joyce said the Engineers had applied for the funding to build an awning on an existing picnic area providing protection from rain and the sun for the many members of the community who visit this excellent attraction.
Tamworth Miniature Railway conducts a public running day on the third Sunday of every month and up to a thousand train rides can be provided on model steam and diesel hauled trains.
He said all members of the Engineers were volunteers and the project has received considerable material and financial support from the Tamworth business community, support which was gratefully accepted by the group.
“Volunteers like the Model Engineers are the lifeblood and the backbone of our community and I’m glad to see that our local organisations can successfully apply for these grants to help support their valuable work,” Mr Joyce said.
He said the Model Engineers also provided a good environment to bring younger people – and often women and teenagers – in contact with the volunteers allowing them to work together and socialise in a constructive manner.
“It’s like a Men’s Shed for metal workers,” Mr Joyce said.
“I wish the Tamworth and District Model Engineers every success with their project.”
Model Engineers members involved with the construction of the awning will be appropriately registered tradesmen.
Tamworth and District Model Engineers Les Thomas, Phil Day, David Scott, Malcolm Bayliss and TDME President, Gordon Laidlaw with Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce.