NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has announced more than $153,000 to upgrade Taree Showground facilities under the NSW Nationals in the state government’s COVID-19 showground stimulus program.
Mr Bromhead said the upgrades to Taree Showgrounds were a win for all as local jobs will be supported through the improvement of the vital community infrastructure.
“Our local showgrounds are at the heart of regional and rural towns acting as multi-use community hubs, so it’s terrific to see the NSW Nationals in the state government investing in infrastructure upgrades to ensure they remain safe and functional for future generations,” Mr Bromhead 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.
“$153,732 will be provided to Taree Showground to upgrade its canteen and appliances and to construct a new announcer’s box.”
Minister for Water, Housing and Property Melinda Pavey said the COVID-19 showground stimulus program had 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,” Mrs Pavey said.
“Now with the allocation of this further $20 million we will see a further 172 upgrade projects at 73 showgrounds to support more improvements and jobs.
“Showground projects across the state have been wide-ranging – from rebuilds of grandstands, pavilions, arenas and stables to upgrades of kitchen and amenities blocks, lighting and electrical systems, water and sewerage networks and roads.
“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.”