Stimulus upgrades benefit region's showgrounds

Cootamundra MP Steph Cooke pictured last year with members of the Young Showground Trust at the Young Showground grandstand. Photo: file
Cootamundra MP Steph Cooke pictured last year with members of the Young Showground Trust at the Young Showground grandstand. Photo: file

Showgrounds across the region received a funding boost from the state government late last week.

Bribbarree, Young and Koorawatha showgrounds were announced as three of 20 successful applicants to share in $1.7 million across the Cootamundra electorate.

Cootamundra MP Steph Cooke announced the funding as part of the state government's COVID-19 stimulus package on Friday, May 29.

Bribbaree is set to receive $132,461 to repair and paint the exterior of its pony club pavilion, install external fencing to the club's arena, upgrade canteen and kitchen facilities, construct return yards for the camp draft arena, and install a new water tank.

Young will purchase and install CCTV with its $27,500.

While Koorawatha will install evaporative cooling for its luncheon booth thanks to $16,000.

Ms Cooke said she was delighted with the number of successful applicants from across the electorate.

"I pushed many of our local show societies to apply for this funding which will be a boost to local tradies and suppliers, and of course to our show societies who have already been doing it tough through drought and COVID-19," Ms Cooke said.

"This is a fantastic result for many of our wonderful showgrounds who will now be able to undertake upgrades, build new infrastructure and improve these important community spaces."

The funding is part of $25 million that will be spent over two years to improve showgrounds across the state.

The 20 showgrounds across this electorate are among 137 across NSW 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," NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda 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."

Harden received $21,247 to replace the ceiling and paint the interior of the Cowabbie building, repair and paint its entrance gates, and paint the inside of the lunch pavilion.

Locally, Cootamundra received $153,203, Temora will benefit from $54,956, Cowra was granted $82,500, and Grenfell collected $19,250.