The NSW Nationals in the state government will provide $3,256,372 for upgrades at five showgrounds in the Murray region under the latest round of the COVID-19 showground stimulus program.
Duty NSW Nationals MLC for Murray Wes Fang said the latest allocations are part of $16.7 million in funding being distributed state-wide, and bring the total funding for the Murray region under the program to more than $5.9 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 Fang 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 latest showground funding includes:
- $1,357,893 for Griffith Showground to rebuild the Davidge Pavilion and a new perimeter fence;
- $1,650,775 for Deniliquin Showground to extend club rooms used by the netball association and cricket clubs, build new sealed access roads and carparks, and replace a toilet block;
- $135,619 for Hay Showground to replace the caretaker’s shed, demolish the caretaker’s cottage, repair stables and the show society office, and install fencing;
- $88,000 for Barham Showground to upgrade and stabilise the internal road; and
- $24,084 for Leeton Showground to repair and repaint the hall.
A total of $72.47 million had now been allocated to 892 projects at 189 showgrounds, after five rounds of the stimulus program.
In the latest round, $16.7 million has been provided for 97 projects at 46 showgrounds for projects including 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.
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda 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,” Mrs Pavey said.