Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall in front of the Bundarra Showground cattle yards and loading ramp, which will soon be levelled off and bitumen sealed to allow better drainage and easy access for heavy vehicles all year round.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
BUNDARRA Showground will soon see major internal roadworks around the cattle yards and loading ramp to dramatically improve drainage, thanks to a $28,796 grant from the NSW Public Reserves Management Fund, announced today by Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall.
Mr Marshall congratulated members of the Bundarra Showground Trust for their work improving the ground’s facilities in recent years and said these new works would level and bitumen seal the driveway into the showground and the heavily trafficked area around the cattle yards and loading ramp.
“For a small community facility, the Bundarra Showground punches above its weight, hosting including three major campdrafts, numerous pony club meets, the Bundarra Show and community races each year,” Mr Marshall said.
“This regular activity takes its toll on the gravel access road and the area around the cattle years and loading ramp, which is always rutted and becomes bogged up whenever it rains.
“The water cannot get away, which then creates swampy car parking areas and dangerous potholes.
“The current layout of the loading pens leaves water pooling around the ramps and flowing through the front gate, which causes major headaches for spectators and competitors.
Mr Marshall said the recent Bundarra goat races was a case in point, when, after 40mm of rain the car parking and access road was more akin to a river and the whole event was cancelled.
“With this funding, the Trust will completely regrade and bitumen seal these areas, improving drainage and ensuring easy access for heavy vehicles all year round in all weather,” he said.
Bundarra Showground Trust Chairman Jack Gallagher said the upgrades would help the ground cater to thousands of visitors each year.
“These upgrades will make the area a lot better: it’ll be a lot easier to back trucks in and be much easier to walk around the showground,” Mr Gallagher said. “It will be much more convenient to host events, and it will be a better experience for people who come and visit.”