Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman today announced $433,516 (inc. GST) for upgrade work to four regional showgrounds as part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program.

Mrs Tuckerman said Goulburn, Gunning, Taralga and Yass showgrounds have secured funding to improve their facilities and upgrade infrastructure.

“This is an excellent program. It’s about supporting local jobs, stimulating local economy but – most importantly – supporting local communities,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Our regional communities will benefit from better showground facilities and stronger infrastructure that can serve generations into the future.”

Latest funding allocations include:
• $336,771 for Goulburn Showground to install a solar system on the Grace-Millsom Function Centre to boost power supply, upgrade Peden Pavilion with new toilet facilities, power upgrades and LED lighting, and install an all-weather cover for the livestock yards.
• $41,140 for Gunning Showground to fit out a new sports amenities block including installing a kitchen, range hood, partitions and joinery work.
• $28,105 for Taralga Showground to install new perimeter fencing around its arena.
• $27,500 for Yass Showground for electrical upgrade work to improve power supply to the showground and its users.
“This latest funding follows over $1.355 million in upgrade work funded last financial year under the stimulus program at Goulburn, Boorowa, Crookwell, Gunning, Moss Vale, Robertson, Rye Park and Yass showgrounds,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Minister for Water, Housing and Property Melinda Pavey said the COVID-19 stimulus program has now allocated a total of $35.77 million to showground improvement projects across the state.
“We provided $23.27 million last financial year to support upgrades at 152 showgrounds and now a further $12.5 million has been allocated for this financial year to support more work at 76 showgrounds,” Minister Pavey said.
“So far the COVID-19 stimulus program has supported 1,330 jobs on showground projects across the state providing work for tradespeople, suppliers and fabricators, and this further $12.5 million will support more improvements and jobs.

“The NSW Government values the central role of showgrounds in regional communities and is thrilled to work hand-in-hand with them to build a more vibrant showground sector.”