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12 April, 2021

Showground funding

Nationals MP Sam Farraway has announced that more than $2.82 million in funding will be provided for upgrade work to eight showgrounds in the Barwon region under the NSW government’s COVID-19 showground stimulus program.

By Emily Middleton

Photo captured at the 2019 Gilgandra Show.

Mr Farraway said Narrabri, Mendooran, Bourke, Gilgandrar, Tooraweenah, Warren, Baradine and Coonabarabran showgrounds will all get upgrades to improve their facilities and infrastructure while supporting local work.

“Our local showgrounds are multi-use community hubs so it’s terrific to see this further $2,827,290 investment in infrastructure upgrades to keep them safe and functional for future generations,” Mr Farraway said.

“Showgrounds provide facilities for agricultural shows and community groups with many also serving as relief centres during bushfires and floods to provide shelter for residents and animals and a base for emergency services.”

Minister for water, housing and property Melinda Pavey said the COVID-19 showground stimulus program has now allocated a total of $55.77 million to 795 showground improvement projects across the state. “We previously provided $35.77 million across the state to support 623 upgrade projects at 187 showgrounds which have so far supported over 1490 jobs, providing work for tradespeople, suppliers and fabricators,” said Mrs Pavey.

“Now with the allocation of this further $20 million we will see a further 172 upgrade projects at 76 showgrounds to support more improvements and jobs.

These investments are providing a kickstart by improving the safety, use and condition of showground infrastructure while stimulating communities with work for carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters and other trades as well as suppliers.”

Latest funding allocations include:

• $467,063 for Mendooran Showground to construct a new amenities block with disabled access and laundry facilities.

• $163,350 for Tooraweenah Showground to construct a new office and first aid room.

• $83,446 for the Gilgandra Showground to replace and upgrade its perimeter fencing to provide better safety and security for showground users and stock.

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