Armidale Regional Council has approved funding of $201,590 towards Guyra Showground improvements. This is one of several projects approved by the Stronger Regions Assessment Panel.
According to Council Administrator Dr Ian Tiley this project will address some of the high priority enhancements required for the Showground as identified by the Guyra Showground Committee through the development of the Guyra Showground Plan.
“Work will include upgrades to electrical facilities and the provision of a new cattle shed,” said Dr Tiley.
“The Guyra Show Society’s activities are invaluable to the community - presenting opportunities for local people to meet, socialise and showcase local knowledge and skills.
“There is also direct economic flow on to the Guyra business community. The upgraded Guyra Showground facilities will increase the Society’s capacity to host events.”
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said upgrading the electrical wiring would allow safer night time activities, replace ageing equipment and alleviate overloading on power points and the need to run long power leads during the annual show.
“These upgrades will be a major boon for events at the showground and in the community,” Mr Marshall said.
“The electrical overhaul will increase capacity at the showground to host more and larger events.”
Mr Marshall said the new cattle shed would allow a range of events to be held regardless of the weather.
“The existing cattle shed has served the Guyra community well – having lasted for over a century – but it is in desperate need of replacement to continue to serve the needs of the showground,” Mr Marshall said.
“At this year’s show, local producers and exhibitors were lobbying hard for the replacements of the sheds, so I am delighted that they will soon have their new, modern and comfortable facility.
“Locals can look forward to increased patronage of this great facility, which will bring more money into the town and further support the work of the Showground Committee.”
The Stronger Regions Funding approved for this project is part of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund provided to Councils that have undertaken mergers in NSW.
The Fund includes a $9 million major projects program which supports larger scale priority infrastructure and services projects that deliver long term economic and social benefits to communities.
Published on 06 Jun 2017