Friday, 29 May 2020

Member for Bega Andrew Constance today announced four local showgrounds will benefit from $347,000 in funding as part of the NSW Government COVID-19 stimulus package.

Mr Constance said Bega, Bemboka, Cobargo and Pambula showgrounds will receive funding to upgrade and improve the safety, use and condition of their 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 Constance 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:

  • $129,690 for Bega Showground to replace its arena floodlights.
  • $46,207 for Bemboka Showground to install three phase power cables to the showground to improve its power supplies.
  • $21,606 for Cobargo Showground to install access ramps and handrails, resurface a roadway, and install a steel arena fence.
  • $150,370 for Pambula Showground for earthworks, roadworks and access works for the wood chopping arena, upgrade work on the horse stables and car park, and to provide concrete stairs and pads for main arena seating.

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 four local showgrounds would be among 137 across the State that will benefit from the first tranche of funding.

“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,” Mrs Pavey said.

“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.”