Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall pictured with members of the Bundarra Showground Trust last week, Tristan Irwin, left, Chris Buckman, Adam Marshall, Gary Cracknell and Geoffrey Beard.
MEMBERS of the Bundarra Showground Trust were very pleased to receive news from Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall last week of a $12,000 grant for the purchase and installation of new portable fencing panels for the showground’s busy campdraft arena.
Mr Marshall delivered the good news to the Trustees during a visit to Bundarra last week. He said the funds had been made available under the NSW Government’s Public Reserves Management Fund, which was dedicated to the development, maintenance and improvement of showgrounds and reserves.
“In this year’s round of funding the Northern Tablelands has managed to secure a total $413,572 for 24 projects – this is a fantastic outcome for our region,” Mr Marshall said.
“The funding which is always very welcome in small communities is used to undertake important infrastructure upgrades and the Bundarra Showgrounds Trust will be purchasing some new portable panels for their campdraft arena to replace the well-used existing lot.
“The showground is a great community asset and I’m pleased to see Bundarra benefit from this round of funding. The Trust members are a hard working group and they are keen to continue making improvement to their facilities.
“Other than the annual show, there are three or four major camp drafts held there each year with an average of 1,000 nominations each event so it’s vital they receive this assistance to help maintain the integrity of the arena.”
Bundarra Showground Trustee Gary Cracknell said the Trust was delighted to receive the funding and thanked Mr Marshall for his encouragement and support.
“When we stage campdrafts, we need to create an arena within the larger arena and those panels need to be portable so we are very pleased to get this grant to help us with this project,” Mr Cracknell said.
“We always have a list of projects to talk to Adam about – in the last year we’ve managed to upgrade our amenities block and install a new septic system for one of them.
“There’s always something to do and it’s important we keep working to upgrade and improve our facilities – these showgrounds are an important community asset. Next job will be to replace the water troughs around the grounds.
“I’d like to thank David Doak for his help on this last application, he’s been a great member of the trust and we’ve always appreciated David’s input and assistance.”