Local showgrounds get stimulus upgrades

Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders today announced three local showgrounds will benefit from $167,326 in funding as part of the NSW Government COVID-19 stimulus package.

Mr Saunders said Trangie, Mudgee and Gulgong showgrounds will receive funding to upgrade and improve the safety, use and condition of infrastructure, and support jobs in the local economy.

“When COVID-19 hit it forced the postponement or cancellation of agricultural shows and many activities that showgrounds rely on for their income,” Mr Saunders said.

“This investment by the NSW Government will provide a boost for our local showgrounds and the communities they serve by supporting tradies and suppliers with work and strengthening showground infrastructure for the future.”

Upgrades in the local area will include:

  • $100,276 for Trangie Showground to remove asbestos and repair cladding on the gable roof of the main pavilion, install a new power distribution box and a caravan power distribution box, and upgrade water infrastructure including to its amenities, canteen and judges room.
  • $61,000 for Mudgee Showground to upgrade the kitchen in its Bridge Club building.
  • $6,050 for Gulgong Showground for repairs and maintenance to electrical outlets and distribution boxes.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said this funding is part of $25 million that will be spent over two years to improve showgrounds across the State.

“$12.5 million is being allocated immediately to get projects underway this financial year under the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package,” Mrs Pavey said.

“We will then follow through by allocating another $12.5 million for more work across showgrounds to be announced next financial year.” The three local showgrounds will be among 137 across the State to benefit from the first tranche of funding.

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