Jerrawa and Rye Park showgrounds are two of 29 showgrounds to benefit from safety upgrades, thanks to a $9.2 million improvement program from the NSW Government.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said showgrounds are important for local communities and the economy and the NSW Government is committed to supporting a strong and vibrant showground sector.

“Showgrounds are the heart and soul of our regional communities, bringing people together and connecting residents from far and wide, whether from the city or from farms across the district,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“They are important community hubs, particularly in regional towns, we want to ensure that they are kept safe and functional.”

Safety upgrades include:

  • Repairs to Jerrawa Showground’s storage shed and removal of old structures
  • A new awning for Rye Park Showground’s tennis court shelter and a fire safety and access upgrades to its main hall.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said upgrades will ensure our regional showgrounds in towns like Jerrawa and Rye Park are kept safe and functional for future generations.

“In addition to the $9.2 million in showground upgrades currently underway, the NSW Government recently announced a further $25 million for showground improvements in Sydney and regional NSW to help stimulate local economies and support jobs,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This extra $25 million investment will provide a much-needed boost for communities and their economies by supporting tradespeople with work and strengthening more showground infrastructure for the future.

“State Members of Parliament with showgrounds in their areas have been invited to work with showground managers to put forward shovel-ready projects for consideration.”