State government puts funding in showground improvements

Internal roads and power connections for additional camping sites are some of the works funded at the Cowra Showground.
Internal roads and power connections for additional camping sites are some of the works funded at the Cowra Showground.

The Cowra Showground has been given $82,500 for general improvements thanks to the state government.

The funding is part of the NSW Government's COVID-19 stimulus package and will go towards constructing entrance, exit and internal roads, installing power connections for additional camping sites, improved laundry facilities, installation of solar lighting and construction of additional disabled toilet facilities.

Also receiving funding within the area are Koorawatha, Morongla and Woodstock Showgrounds.

Koorawatha Showground will be given $16,000 to install evaporative cooling for its luncheon booth.

Morongla Showground will be given $12,893 to replace its toilets with water efficient units, paint the interior of the main hall and ceiling of the supper room, replace fencing and surface levelling and compacting around storage sheds

Woodstock Showground will be given $6,229 to install four new power outlets, bird proofing material in the hall eaves, exterior flashing on the luncheon room, a story board for the memorial hall and CCTV.

The showgrounds are part of a group of 20 across the Cootamundra electorate selected for funding.

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke, said she was delighted with the number of successful applicants from across the electorate.

"I pushed many of our local show societies to apply for this funding which will be a boost to local tradies and suppliers, and of course to our show societies who have already been doing it tough through drought and COVID-19," she said.

"This is a fantastic result for many of our wonderful showgrounds who will now be able to undertake upgrades, build new infrastructure and improve these important community spaces."

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," she said.

"We will then follow through by allocating another $12.5 million for more work across showgrounds to be announced next financial year.

"Showgrounds today are multi-use facilities for a range of activities from agricultural shows, rodeos and horse clubs to farmers markets, festivals, camping, men's sheds, and sport and cultural events.

"Our showgrounds are at the heart of communities including serving as evacuation centres during bushfire and flood so we want to keep them in good shape," she said.