The NSW Nationals in the state government are investing in the Northern Rivers community by providing $490,000 to repair and upgrade seven showgrounds damaged by recent flooding.
Nationals Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said the funding for showgrounds at Bangalow, Bonalbo, Casino, Kyogle, Lismore, Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah would help the region bounce back from its worst flood event in history.
“These showgrounds are multi-purpose hubs that are used to host everything from community markets, agricultural shows and equestrian events, to relief centres during emergencies. They are extremely important for the local community,” Mr Anderson said.
“This funding will repair any damage that occurred during the recent floods and improve the showgrounds facilities. It will also support the local economy by providing work for local businesses and jobs for members of the Northern Rivers communities.”
Nationals Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the funding is part of targeted support by the NSW Government to help communities bounce back.
“Restoring local showgrounds is essential to helping communities get back to a sense of normality after the unprecedented flooding we witnessed across the Northern Rivers,” Ms Cooke said.
The funding is being allocated to:
- Bangalow, Bonalbo, Casino, Kyogle, Lismore, Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah showgrounds which will each receive $45,000 for flood repairs; and
- Murwillumbah Showground will receive an additional $175,000 to support an ongoing project to construct a new toilet block, and electrical and earthworks.
Murwillumbah Showground secretary Allan Brown welcomed the support.
“We had five metres of floodwater come through the showground reaching the second floor of buildings and causing damage to doors and electrical infrastructure, so this funding will assist with repairs together with insurance,” Mr Brown said.