Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, with Mungindi Show Society Secretary Anna Cheng at the bar area, which will undergo a $32,000 upgrade.
Monday, 8 February 2021.
Uneven ground will no longer be an excuse for anyone who falls over at the bar at the Mungindi Showground, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshal today announcing a $32,020 State Government grant to install a new retaining wall and extend the bar’s concrete area.
Mr Marshall said currently there were a number of hazards which needed to be addressed to make the bar area safer for patrons.
“A few too many drinks and uneven slope has been known to make the ‘wobbly boot’ a reality site at the bar of the Mungindi Showground,” Mr Marshall said.
“In order to improve the safety of patrons and volunteers while they are enjoying themselves, this grant will remove the sloping hill behind the bar and install a levelled retaining wall with industry standard railings.
“Funds will also be used to extend the width of concrete around the bar area to prevent slip hazards during wet weather. Concrete will also accommodate easier access for parents with prams and those in wheelchairs to attend the bathrooms.
“As someone who is known to enjoy time in this section of the showground I welcome the safety benefits this project will deliver.”
Mungindi Showground President Stacey Garsed said the improvements would allow the facility’s user groups to maintain a high level of safety and professionalism.
“The aim of all upgrades currently taking place at Mungindi Showground is to offer a high quality facility which will keep patrons returning to our events and supporting our little community,” Ms Garsed said.
“We plan to have the concrete extension done by the end of February and the remaining retaining wall and safety rails completed by June.
“Through events hosted by the four user groups which utilise the showground, Show Society, Jockey Club, Pony Club and Campdraft Committee, around 5,000 people would pass through the gates, providing huge economic benefit for town.
“On behalf of the Mungindi Show Society, we want to thank Adam for providing community groups such as ours with an opportunity to apply for funding to better our community organisations.”