A new roof and a new era for iconic Glen Innes Showground Pavilion. Showground Trust members Patric Millar, left, Treasurer Jo Cameron, Mike Norton, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Gordon Wollen and Phil Lynne.
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
THE preservation of one of Glen Innes’ most historic and loved buildings has been given a helping hand with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $140,000 State Government grant to replace the roof on the iconic Glen Innes Showground pavilion.
Mr Marshall said the 127-year-old pavilion was the jewel in the showground’s crown and every effort should be taken to preserve the structure.
“Since 1892 the Glen Innes Showground pavilion has exhibited some of the Northern Tablelands’ highest quality agricultural produce,” Mr Marshall said.
“Sadly over time the weather has taken a toll on the pavilion with leaks developing in its spectacular arched roof and water is starting to cause damage internally.
“This grant will cover the cost of the trust re-roofing the pavilion, allowing it to keep with the Victorian style and traditional manor red colour which everyone loves.”
Showground Trust President John Lyn said the funding would ensure the pavilion was able to be used and enjoyed for generations to come.
“Coming through the front gates of Glen Innes Showground is like stepping back in time,” Mr Lyn said.
“The Glen Innes Show was once one the largest and most popular events of its kind with people travelling from as far as Tamworth by train to soak up the atmosphere and quality exhibits.
“It has been the mission of the Trust to preserve that history as best we can, however the condition of the pavilion roof has been declining rapidly posing a significant threat to the building’s structure.
“I want to thank Adam for his work lobbying on the trust’s behalf and ensuring we have the money to undertake this work before too much damage was caused.”
Mr Marshall said with its NSW Heritage Listing the showground is an important public asset.
“Not only is the pavilion part of Glen Innes’ pastoral history but it now acts as a venue for large social functions, attracting many visitors to town,” he said.
“Over the past three years the State Government has contributed close to $100,000 to ensure the standard of these facilities are maintained with the refurbishment of the main grandstand, re-roofing of the cattle sheds, improvements to the centre ring and instillation of a new toilet block.
“The Glen Innes Showground is a connection to our colonial past and I’m pleased all these upgrades have been supported and will ensure the grounds remain a drawcard for the town.”