The NSW Nationals in the state government will provide $478,000 for upgrades to the Narrabri Showground in the latest round of the COVID-19 showground stimulus program.
NSW Nationals Upper House MP Sam Farraway said the latest allocation is part of $16.7 million being distributed state-wide.
“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 Farraway 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.”
The $478,000 will be used for perimeter fencing and entry gates.
Nationals Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said a total of $72.47 million had now been allocated to 892 projects at 189 showgrounds after five rounds of 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,” Mrs Pavey said.
“These investments will ensure showgrounds can continue to serve their communities for many years to come, while building a stronger and safer regional NSW. Showground upgrades improve the quality of community infrastructure while stimulating local economies, with work for tradies and materials suppliers.”