The Comboyne Agricultural and Horticultural Society will undertake a further upgrade of the Comboyne Showground, thanks to funding from Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie.

Dr Gillespie announced $19,000 for the project and said the total cost of the upgrade was $45,260, which would see the installation of new steel fencing around the showground, completing the final two-thirds of the showground fencing that still needed to be replaced.

“This project is particularly important for a number of major events at the showground, including the annual Comboyne Camp Draft and Comboyne Show,” Dr Gillespie said. “The fencing around the oval has deteriorated to such an extent that the association would not have been able to run these events future if it was not replaced.”

The association received Federal funding last year, which saw enough fencing installed around the oval to run basic versions of the camp draft and annual show events in 2018 and 2019. The association, however, must now improve the infrastructure to accommodate the growing number of entries and ensure the safety of volunteers, participants, spectators and animals.

The warm-up area for the horses at the camp draft and the show equestrian events will also be improved and three rings installed for the heavy horse events at the show.

“These are fantastic events for Comboyne and involve a lot of volunteers who contribute their time, skills and effort to making them a huge success year in and year out. They are also great for the local economy bringing large crowds of visitors from across the region,” Dr Gillespie said. “I’d like to again congratulate the association, volunteers and the broader Comboyne community on the wonderful work they have done at the showground and look forward to attending many more events there in the years to come.”

Under the latest funding round of the Stronger Communities Program, each electorate will receive $150,000 to allocate towards successful projects, with a maximum of 20 projects to be funded per electorate.

Dr Gillespie said the additional investment for a fourth round of the Stronger Communities Program would ensure that local decision-making continues to play a decisive role in funding community building projects.

“Grants of between $2500 and $20,000 are awarded to successful applications and I am delighted that the community has been able to benefit from this important initiative,” Dr Gillespie said.