Beath in the running

Canowindra's Geoffrey Beath has been nominated in the Community Achievement Awards for Regional NSW and the ACT.

Canowindra's Geoffrey Beath has been nominated for a Community Achievement Award.

Canowindra's Geoffrey Beath has been nominated for a Community Achievement Award.

Nominations for the awards close Wednesday, August 11.

Beath has been nominated for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award for his work with the Canowindra Showground Racecourse Land Managers.

The award recognises outstanding volunteers who devote their time to help manage Crown reserves on behalf of their communities.

An awards presentation will be held on November 19, 2021, at the Fairmont Resort & Spa, Blue Mountains.

A $2,000 prize package will be awarded to award category winners at the event and all nominations will receive a certificate of achievement.

In his role as manager of the Canowindra Showground most of the day to day running of the Canowindra Showground comes to Beath.

He is also responsible for ensuring that all groups and visitors work and support each other.

He has been president of the Showground for 20 years and just recently, on behalf of the Land Managers, helped secure several grants to replace out dated buildings, erect new amenities blocks and renovate a community room with a new roof and kitchen.

Funded thanks to a $250,000 Australian Government investment, the new facilities include showers and accessible toilets and replaced the demolished former amenities block.

Announcing the grants last year then deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said: "The new facilities will cater to the numerous events held throughout the year, including pony club events, team penning, squash, golf and of course, the annual Canowindra International Balloon Challenge, bringing thousands of visitors to the town each year".

Beath described the grant as been integral to the ongoing use and maintenance of the showground.

"It's been a life-saving grant," he said.