Volunteers brighten paceway
Friday, 9th March, 2012
The Memorial Oval track is now sporting a fresh new look thanks to the work of Vincent and Pritchard Painters and Decorators.
The business volunteered to give the fence a new coat of paint in time for the biggest harness race meting of the year.
Memorial Oval Management Committee Chairman, Ray Steer, said it was a nice surprise when he received a letter from Bill Pritchard volunteering to do the work.
“We sent letters out to businesses around town about the fence but nobody really wanted to do anything. Then Bill sent us a letter back saying he’d be able to help out,” he said.
“They’ve got the St Pat’s night on at the trots next week with Sky racing and it’s going to look one hundred per cent better.
“We appreciate his donation very much. He’s probably one of the city’s busiest painters and him and his blokes still found the time to put something back into Broken Hill.
“People don’t realise what a lot of people do in this town.”
Mr Pritchard said he was only too happy to lend the Memorial Oval Committee a hand, and hopes the bright new paint job makes viewing races easier for patrons.
“We were happy to help out. They didn’t really have the money to get it done and were a bit short on helpers,” said Mr Pritchard.
The work was completed by Patrick White and Zane Smith in three days using 90 litres of paint supplied by Wattyl.
The new paint job is one of the many recent upgrades at the oval, with improvements to the bleachers, canteen, timekeepers’ box, showers, scoreboard and seating all taking place over the past 12 months.
With the oval and its surrounds in such good shape, Mr Steer said the Committee would now advertise to bring more events to the venue.
A circus will be held on the oval on March 19, and Mr Steer said events such as sports days, car shows, rodeos, music concerts and other live shows would be a focus in future.
“There’s been a lot of works done there over the last 12 months and we’ve just go to let people know know what we’ve got for hire.
“Car shows - we get all these beautiful Rolls Royces driving through the city and have to set up in parks. They could put them on display in the oval and all the public could view them, and the car club could even use the Central clubrooms for their AGM.
“We’ve got e-mails going out Australia-wide about the place and we’ve got Loritz Circus on there next week, so we’re on the right track.”