An elected Liberal party will deliver a $1.5 million upgrade to Capel’s equestrian centre to help ensure the facility can be used to its full potential in years to come. The Capel Equestrian Centre has been a big drawcard to the region since its inception, according to Collie-Preston Liberal candidate Jane Goff. However, with sub-standard facilities, Ms Goff said many riders were not staying locally, resulting in a blow to businesses and the local economy. “This type of investment is well overdue,” Ms Goff said. “At a recent campdraft event, organisers had to have a sewerage business come in on the morning of the second day as the ablutions could not cope with the additional number of visitors. “We desperately need something better. Having safe, up-to-date facilities will enable existing local, State, interstate and international equestrian events to continue in our community.” Shadow minister for regional development Dr Steve Thomas said the centre was a central facility for horse owners from around the South West region. “It is a major venue for pony club, campdraft, polocrosse, horsepower and eventing,” he said. “However, its facilities are below standard, which makes it difficult to host the higher level of equine events. “This investment will see significant upgrades to the building, catering, water and ablution facilities and ensure the grounds are up to standard, making it better placed to hold top events.” Ms Goff said the events held at the grounds each year brought more than half a million dollars to the region and its businesses. “The upgrade will also provide opportunities for other uses, such as concerts and shows, which would create more local jobs and bring millions of dollars in revenue to our district,” she said. “At recent events held on the grounds, competitors from as far north as Broome and as far east as Esperance have attended.