Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, Guyra Show Society Secretary Dorothy Lockyer and President Richard Post were all smiles at the recent 2021 Guyra Show as the land managers prepare to upgrade amenities across the showground with a large State Government grant.
Thursday, 4 March 2021
A DEPOSIT of the financial kind has flushed its way into the Guyra Showground bank account, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $781,668 State Government grant to construct two new amenities blocks, with modern accessible toilets and showers.
Mr Marshall said since the start of the pandemic the government had provided $910,771 in stimulus grants to support upgrades to the showground and generate work for local tradies.
He said the incredible level of investment had assisted Guyra Showground’s managers achieve the majority of their 10-year improvement plan, in just four years.
“For most showground managers, securing almost $1 million in any form of government funding is rare and very welcome,” Mr Marshall said.
“By having a prioritised list of shovel-ready projects, Guyra Showground’s land managers have made the most of the various Crown Lands’ stimulus programs as they have become available.
“This latest instalment will allow a new shower and toilet block to be built to replace amenities on the southern end of the ground, for use by Guyra Pony Club members.
“The amenities currently behind the Community Hall will then be demolished and replaced with accessible toilet and showers.
“The Community Hall is heavily utilised by local seniors groups and so these amenities, coupled with a new access ramp, will make that building more comfortable and accessible for people who have restricted mobility.
“This is wonderful news for all members of the community who use the showground.”
Mr Marshall said a new laundry would also be built on site, for community use during disasters like drought and bushfire.
“If there is one thing Guyra has had its fair share of over the past two years its natural disasters,” he said.
“At the height of the drought in 2019 the State Government provided Armidale Regional Council with an emergency grant of $7,000 to allow it to install a portable laundry, for use by farmers who had run out of water on their properties.
“Now the showground will have a permanent laundry block on site, which will be available for use by residents both during difficult periods and events.
“The showground is a community asset and I commend the land managers for this level of forethought, in establishing a permanent laundry which will be ready to assist vulnerable locals in their time of need.
“As we saw with the recent success of the 2021 Guyra Show, the improvements have transformed the showground into a functional venue which will be capable of meeting the entire community’s needs for decades to come.”