Upper House MP Sam Farraway last week announced $155,751 in improvement works to four local showgrounds as part of a NSW Government COVID-19 stimulus package.
Mr Farraway said Forbes, Parkes, Canowindra and Eugowra showgrounds have been approved for further upgrade work to improve the safety, use and condition of their infrastructure and support jobs in the local economy.
“Our showgrounds play an important role at the heart of our communities so I welcome this further investment by the NSW Government,” Mr Farraway said.
“This investment by the NSW Government will provide a boost for our local showgrounds and the community by supporting trade work and strengthening showground infrastructure for the future.
“It follows the announcement last month of $551,093 in improvement works to showgrounds at Orange, Canowindra, Manildra, Tullamore, Eugowra, Trundle, Molong, Bedgerabong, Forbes, Cumnock, Cudal and Yeoval.”
Latest upgrades in the local area will include:
• $25,000 for Canowindra Showground for repairs to its main drainage line
• $8,351 for Eugowra Showground to install desks and storage facilities and a kitchenette in the Secretary’s office
• $64,400 for Forbes Showground for repairs to the roof of the poultry pavilion
• $58,000 for Parkes Showground to replace its harness racing track and arena lights and clean the showground’s other lights including floodlights.
“Once again The Canowindra Showground has been very fortunate to receive another grant that will go towards the main sewage line that is under the grandstand, this funding will enable us to replace the earth and ware pipes from under the grandstand to the main line outside the building,” said Mr Geoffrey Beath, President of the Canowindra Showground and Racecourse Land Manager.
“Once completed the facilities under the grandstand will be usable again,” said Mr Beath.
“All the other work on the showground is progressing well with the slabs down for the 3 new toilet blocks and the trench for the underground power is almost completed,” Mr Beath said