Canowindra Showground to receive more than $120,000 in funding for works

Canowindra Showground to receive more than $120,000 in funding for works

Canowindra Showground is set to receive more than $120,000 as a part of the NSW Government COVID-19 stimulus package.

$124,197 will go towards installing underground power, upgrading the tea room appliances and stage two pavilion works.

Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway announced on Friday morning that 11 showgrounds across the Orange electorate will benefit from $551,093 in funding.

Mr Farraway said the showgrounds will receive vital funding to upgrade and improve the safety and condition of their infrastructure and support jobs in the local economy.

"When COVID-19 hit it forced the postponement or cancellation of our much loved agricultural shows and other community based activities that showgrounds rely on for income to pay for things like maintenance and safety upgrades," Mr Farraway said.

"This investment by the NSW Government will provide a real boost for our local showgrounds, making sure that when the 'show does go on' their facilities will be safe, updated and ready for everyone to enjoy.

"These projects will also support local tradies and suppliers with work, boosting our local economies and community spirit."

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said this funding is part of $25 million that will be spent over two years to improve showgrounds across the State.

"$12.5 million is being allocated immediately to get projects underway this financial year under the NSW Government's COVID-19 Stimulus Package," Mrs Pavey said.

"We will then follow through by allocating another $12.5 million for more work across showgrounds to be announced next financial year."

The eleven local showgrounds would be among 137 across the State 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," Mrs 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."