Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway last week announced eleven showgrounds across the Orange electorate will benefit from $551,093 in funding as part of the NSW Government COVID-19 stimulus package.
Mr Farraway said the Showgrounds will receive vital funding to upgrade and improve the safety and condition of their infrastructure and support jobs in the local economy.
The Canowindra Showground will receive $124,197 to install underground power, upgrade the tea room appliances, and continue with stage two pavilion works.
The Canowindra Show Society is yet to announce if the 2020 Canowindra Show will go ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When COVID-19 hit it forced the postponement or cancellation of some of our much loved agricultural shows and other community based activities that showgrounds rely on for income to pay for things like maintenance and safety upgrades,” Mr Farraway said.
“This investment by the NSW Government will provide a real boost for our local showgrounds, making sure that when the ‘show does go on’ their facilities will be safe, updated and ready for everyone to enjoy,” said Mr Farraway.
“These projects will also support local tradies and suppliers with work, boosting our local economies and community spirit,” Mr Faraway said.
“This is a very exciting time for the Canowindra Showground with a $250,000 Federal Government grant for new toilets, a very extensive package that was identified as part of the Showgrounds Safety Upgrade Program from the NSW Crown Lands Department which includes a new Cobley Pavilion, extensive Grandstand repairs and some electrical work, and now receiving this grant from the NSW Showgrounds Stimulus Funding Program we are very fortunate,” said Mr Geoffrey Beath, President of the Canowindra Showground and Racecourse Land Manager.
“I would like to thank the National Party, both Federal and State for their ongoing commitment to rural and remote communities,” continued Mr Beath.
“This latest funding will go towards placing the power underground along the Cudal Road. It will also be used for a major overhaul of the tea rooms complete with a new kitchen and stage 2 of the Cobley Pavilion which will see the Bird Pavilion removed and the Cobley Pavilion extended with a similar construction as the sheep shed,” concluded Mr Beath.
The Eugowra Showground will receive $45,234 to replace six electrical and water supply points, install roller door and replace damaged timber inside pavilion, reline committee room and replace fixtures, paint new surfaces, replace carpet tiles in the Committee room and replace carpet tiles with waterproof flooring in the Secretary’s office.
The Cudal Showground will receive $5,500 to install the distribution board enclosure.