Eleven showgrounds across the Central West will benefit from more than $550,000 as part of the NSW Government's COVID-19 stimulus package.
The showgrounds are among 137 across the state that will benefit from the $12.5 million funding.
Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway said the funding will help with upgrades and improve the safety and condition of infrastructure and support jobs in the economy.
"When COVID-19 hit it forced the postponement or cancellation of our much loved agricultural shows and other community based activities that showgrounds rely on for income to pay for things like maintenance and safety upgrades," he said.
"This investment by the NSW Government will provide a real boost for our local showgrounds, making sure that when the 'show does go on' their facilities will be safe, updated and ready for everyone to enjoy."
The successful projects include:
- Orange Showground, $157,245, to upgrade the main arena fencing and perimeter fencing;
- Canowindra Showground, $124,197, to install underground power, upgrade the tea room appliances, and stage two pavilion works;
- Manildra Showground, $58,464, for key repairs and improvements to the main pavilion, and to move the shearing board;
- Tullamore Showground, $54,870, to upgrade the amenities block, concrete the poultry shed floor, re-line the dining room walls, and buy new appliances and cattle panels;
- Eugowra Showground, $45,234, to replace six electrical and water supply points, install roller door and replace damaged timber inside pavilion, re-line committee room and replace fixtures, paint new surfaces, replace carpet tiles in the Committee room and replace carpet tiles with waterproof flooring in the Secretary's office;
- Trundle Showground, $34,700, new stables;
- Molong Showground, $20,000, to upgrade and repair the septic system, install a distribution board enclosure, and repair the broken electrical conduit;
- Bedgerabong Showground, $20,000, to access and security upgrade which includes new padlocks, signage and fencing;
- Forbes Showground, $15,883, enclose the Ben Hall Shears Shed;
- Cumnock Showground, $10,000, install insulated access opening and replace the conduit saddle clamps on power pole;
- Cudal Showground, $5,500, install the distribution board enclosure; and
- Yeoval Showground, $5,500, install the distribution board enclosure.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said this funding is part of $25 million that will be spent over two years to improve showgrounds across the state.
"Showgrounds today are multi-use facilities for a range of activities from agricultural shows, rodeos and horse clubs to farmers markets, festivals, camping, men's sheds, and sport and cultural events," she said.
$12.5 million is being allocated immediately to get projects underway this financial year under the NSW Government's COVID-19 Stimulus Package.
"We will then follow through by allocating another $12.5 million for more work across showgrounds to be announced next financial year."
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