Glen Innes Showground Trustees John Lynne, left, Jo Cameron, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Pauline Smith and Kae Klinger inspect progress on the re-roofing of the almost 130-year-old pavilion.
Monday, 14 September 2020.
Scaffolding now dominates the façade of Glen Innes Showground’s Old Pavilion while the sound of tools can be heard in the Yarraford Hall and Centenary Pavilion, as $310,000 in State Government-funded projects get underway to the iconic facility.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the local community would be relieved work had started on the installation of the Old Pavilion’s new arched roof.
“For nearly 130 years the roof on the Old Pavilion has kept the beautiful structure protected from the elements, with much of the original iron remaining in place for that entire period,” Mr Marshall said.
“As is the case with all buildings, time and the weather have taken a toll on the roof with considerable leaks developing, creating the potential for water damage.
“A major preservation effort is now underway with local contractors, including builder Justin Powers, installing a new colorbond roof, fitted in the same manor red colour and profile as the original.
“Through this project every step is being taken to maintain the iconic Victorian look, which the Showground is well known for.
“If progress continues at its current rate the Old Pavilion will have a new roof by the end of September and will structurally be in a position to serve the community as a function venue for another 100 years.”
Mr Marshall said through the State Government’s Showground stimulus program $102,000 has been provided to upgrade the Yarraford Hall and campsite power boxes, while $68,000 from the Stronger Country Communities Round 3 will allow for new amenities in the Centenary Pavilion.
“Over the past 12 months there’s been an absolute spending bonanza at the Glen Innes Showground, as the Trust works to modernise facilities to ensure they can continue to service the community,” he said.
“The Yarraford Hall, which is used for smaller functions, will have a new kitchen installed while safety upgrades will be undertaken on the cattle yards and power boxes at the campsites.
“At the Centenary Pavilion, the 40 year old bathroom amenities will be replaced by new water saving units. The current bathroom facilities are struggling to keep with the demand of user groups like the Glen Innes Basketball Association, and so these works are vital in ensuring the building meets Work Health and Safety standards.
“Should COVID-19 restrictions permit Glen Innes Agricultural Show to proceed in February, 2021 the community will be met with a fresh, updated set of facilities which will be utilised for years to come.”