State Equestrian Centre Facility Funding Proposal

To all EWA members and SEC patrons,
Equestrian Western Australian (EWA), a not-for-profit organisation, has proudly managed the State Equestrian Centre (SEC) since it was built for EWA Members and the broader Equestrian community in 1985.

The SEC is now 33 years old and requires substantial remedial work and redevelopment to guarantee its future for the next 20 years. EWA in collaboration with reports commissioned by the WA Department of Sport have developed a SEC Redevelopment Proposal that identifies $15 million of required works and the need for a commitment to annual recurring funding for long-term facility maintenance.

EWA has a plan to obtain the required funding and has been actively promoting the SEC Redevelopment Proposal to Federal, State and Local Government. However, we need the support of all EWA members and SEC patrons to help us in this endeavour.
Our EWA membership can no longer fund the required maintenance of a 33 year old facility. The ‘Home of Equestrian Sport in WA’ is at serious risk of closure, unless we receive the necessary funding. Without the redevelopment and this essential funding, EWA will need to decide whether the current lease with the City of Swan, which is up for renewal at the end of 2020, is resigned.

WA has a strong and successful equestrian community and the SEC is central to this success. It is the home for riders from grass roots to Olympian and Paralympian level, organisations such as Riding for the Disabled, Pony Club, Perth Polocrosse, and numerous equestrian groups and community groups.

EWA will be contacting all members of the SEC community in the coming weeks to update you on our progress and to seek your support in advocating for this important upgrade.
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 We need your support!

The State Equestrian Centre (SEC) in Brigadoon requires significant upgrades and refurbishment work to ensure it can continue to meet community expectations and competition standards.

Managed by not-for-profit Equestrian Western Australia (EWA) since 1985, the SEC requires $15 million from the federal government to undertake this work so it can remain open and continue to be the home of equestrian sports in WA. 

The SEC is home to EWA, Riding for the Disabled Brigadoon and Pony Club WA.  

A further 89 clubs and organisations use the facility including the Swan Valley Horse and Pony Club, Perth Polocrosse, Horsemans Adult Riding Club, Young Event Riders Association, Eventing Promotions WA, Perth Dressage Club, WA Show Jumping Association, WA Mounted Police and WA Police Canine Unit. The SEC also hosts first aid courses, school camps, art groups, trail running groups and Fun Runs, along with providing a DFES State Emergency Services command post and Avon Descent parking (Brigadoon Volunteer Fire Brigade fundraiser).

EWA is currently lobbying the federal government for the necessary $15 million funding, but it needs your help. You can show your support by contacting your federal member of parliament and the opposing candidate if applicable.

To assist, an example email is provided. However, a personal letter or email may have more impact in convincing our federal representatives that the SEC requires this vital funding now and for its future.

Let’s show our federal representatives how important the State Equestrian Centre is to our community!

  1. Find your electorate – if you are unsure which electorate you are in, you can find out on the Australian Electoral Commission’s website: https://electorate.aec.gov.au
  2. Get the contact details for your representative here. If you live in the Canning, Hasluck or Pearce electorates, the opposition candidate is also listed.
  3. Email or write to your representative in your own words explaining why the centre is important to you. If you get stuck, click here for an example draft (however original emails will have more impact).
  4. Encourage your friends, family, colleagues or members of any groups you may belong to, to also show their support by sending an email or writing a personal letter to their federal member of parliament.
  5. If you need assistance or would like more information, please contact the Marketing Coordinator at [email protected]
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