Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman today announced $704,462 for upgrade work to two local showgrounds under the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program.

Mrs Tuckerman said Boorowa and Crookwell showgrounds will get upgrades to improve their facilities and infrastructure while supporting local work. “Our local showgrounds are multi-use community hubs so it’s terrific to see this further investment in infrastructure upgrades to keep them safe and functional for future generations,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Showgrounds provide facilities for agricultural shows and a wide range of community groups and many also serve as relief centres during bushfires and floods to provide shelter for residents and animals and a base for emergency services.”

Latest funding allocations include:
– Boorowa Showground will get $665,500 to install and develop critical water infrastructure.
– Crookwell Showground will get $38,962 to resurface the trotting and equestrian track.

Minister for Water, Housing and Property Melinda Pavey said the COVID-19 stimulus program has now allocated a total of $55.77 million to 795 showground improvement projects across the state.

“We previously provided $35.77 million across the State to support 623 upgrade projects at 187 showgrounds which have so far supported over 1,490 jobs, providing work for tradespeople, suppliers and fabricators,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Now with the allocation of this further $20 million we will see a further 172 upgrade projects at 73 showgrounds to support more improvements and jobs.

“Showground projects across the State have been wide ranging – from rebuilds of grandstands, pavilions, arenas and stables to upgrades of kitchen and amenities blocks, lighting and electrical systems, water and sewerage networks, roads and paths, boundary fencing, and ground irrigation systems. “These investments are providing a kick-start by improving the safety, use and condition of showground infrastructure while stimulating communities with work for carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters and other trades as well as suppliers.”