With our springtime shows either being cancelled or in serious doubt due to the current COVID-19 lockdown two Hunter and Manning Valley showgrounds have received a financial boost.
David Layzell MP, Member for Upper Hunter has announced that the NSW Government will provide $827,690 for upgrades at Gloucester, Muswellbrook as well as Quirindi showgrounds under the latest round of the COVID-19 showground stimulus program.
Mr Layzell said the latest allocations are part of $16.7 million in funding being distributed statewide, and bring the total funding for the region's showgrounds under the program to more than $5.1 million.
"Local showgrounds are multi-use facilities used for a variety of activities such as agricultural shows, rodeos and horse clubs, markets, festivals, men's sheds, sport and recreation, and caravanning and camping," Mr Layzell said.
"During bushfires and floods, many also serve as emergency centres for residents, animals, firefighters and other support services, so we want them in good shape."
Latest showground funding includes:
$570,568 for Gloucester Showground to construct a new multi-function exhibition centre including tiered covered seating, installation of a public address and communication system, and for tree planting;
$182,872 for Muswellbrook Showground for an electrical upgrade to its campsites, amenities block and rodeo arena, and to add amenities facilities to its office demountable; and
$74,250 for Quirindi Showground to construct a new pedestrian and spectator entrance, and to refurbish a ticket box.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said a total of $72.47mmillion had now been allocated to 892 projects at 189 showgrounds, after five roundsmof the stimulus program. "The projects include the rebuilding of grandstands, pavilions, arenas and stables, and the upgrading of kitchen and amenities blocks, lighting and electrical systems, water and sewerage networks, and roads," she said.
"Showground upgrades improve the quality of community infrastructure while stimulating local economies, with work for tradies and materials suppliers."