Celebrating more funding for upgrades at the Uralla Showground, Trust members Bob Crouch, left, Chair Bev Stubberfield, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Erica Barwell and Darren Phillips in the space where the new all-access amenities will be constructed.
Tuesday, 16 February 2021
UPGRADES to the Uralla Showground are galloping ahead at a rapid pace with the focus now turning to the construction of disabled amenities, funded by a $44,061 State Government grant, announced by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall this week.
Mr Marshall said growing interest in the Uralla Showground as an events venue had increased the need for accessible amenities.
“Over the past 18 more than $300,000 has been invested by the government in making Uralla Showground welcoming, safe and more functional,” Mr Marshall said.
“This new grant initiates the next stage of improvements by building a new accessible toilet and shower block.
“Funds will account for the cost of the development application, along with the laying of a cement pathway, installation of plumbing and a grey water dump point for caravans and other vehicles.
“These amenities will mean Uralla Showground can engage with important community organisations like Riding for the Disabled and cater for those with restricted mobility.
“Further work will also be undertaken on the recently completed stainless steel kitchen in Pavilion A with the ceiling to be lined.
“These additions will ensure the showground meets it maximum potential and is utilised by as many people as possible.”
Uralla Showground Land Manager Chair Beverly Stubberfield said the amenities would open new doors for events.
“Uralla Showground is back in the saddle and enjoying an increase in the number of equine and community groups hosting events on site,” Mrs Stubberfield said.
“Since the improvements started four new equine groups have come on board, along with a number of new volunteers willing to give up their time to maintain the grounds – of which we are truly grateful.
“Our new stable is being put to good use with a trotting trainer basing his operation out of the showground. This has provided our board with a regular stable income.
“The addition of the new amenities will further enhance the work already undertaken and we expect the project will be complete in time for the 2022 Uralla Show.
“The showground is a tremendous asset to our community and as the land managers continue to develop the infrastructure, we are getting more people using it, visiting Uralla and supporting our local economy.”