Trust addresses showground issues

As Chairman of the Young Showground Trust, I would like to clarify points made by a letter to the editor regarding camping facilities at the Young Showground.

The Showground Trust invites members of the public to its meetings.

The Showground Trust invites members of the public to its meetings.

I would firstly like to explain to your readers how the Young Showground is administered.  

The land is owned by the State Government and managed by the Department of Land and Water.  The trustees of whom there are three are appointed by the Minister of Lands and have a five year appointment after which time can choose to reapply.

Currently the committee consists of Bill Daly (Chairman), Ray Blackwood (Vice Chairman) and Pat Fletcher (Secretary/Treasurer)

All positions are voluntary.

In addition there are three ex-officco members who are Gary Cummins (Harness Racing), Jim Lamb (Show Society) and Brian Ingram (Hilltops Council).

I would like to address the concerns raised:

As the ground is open for user groups at all times, there is a large degree of trust amongst  these users in respect to the facilities available.

The ground (Designated Primitive Camping under the Act) has two areas for camping:

The hill being free camping for those with self-contained RV’s or similar.

A camping fee is available with a powered site.  Toilet and shower facilities on request.

The Power, Toilet and Showers are only opened by appointments when booking in as there is no permanent caretaker on site.

During special events such as The Cherry Festival and fruit season, camping is available if the Young Tourist Caravan Park is full.

There have been many upgrades and improvements to the showground and work is ongoing with one of them being the grandstand renovation, at present.

The Showground has one of the most well-appointed function facilities for Weddings or similar functions of the like in the Hilltops area.

For those travellers who have voiced concerns on social media and in The Young Witness Letters to the Editor, I invite them to come to our monthly meeting which is held the 3rd week of each month and discuss solutions so we can make this community area a better place for all.

There are also opportunities to join the Trust as well.

Bill Daly

Chairman

Young Showground Local Area

Thanks for the support

I would like to thank the New South Wales community for their generous contributions to The Smith Family’s Winter Appeal. We are very pleased to have raised over $4.5 million nationally to help thousands of disadvantaged children across Australia with vital support for their education.

For the one in seven young Australians living below the poverty line, keeping up at school can be extremely challenging. Family struggles at home can have a flow-on effect to a child’s learning. In our daily work, we hear heartbreaking stories of children missing school because they’re embarrassed about not being able to read or pretending to lose their homework because they hadn’t understood what was happening in class.

The donations we’ve received will help us reach almost 11,000 children in need through The Smith Family’s out-of-school learning programs.

We are seeing great outcomes for the young people participating in our programs.

Steve Macready

General Manager NSW & ACT