Steph Cooke stands with a steer and its handler. The steer has a show ribbon draped on its back.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced $321,638 in further improvement work for five local showgrounds as part of a NSW Government COVID-19 stimulus package.

Ms Cooke said Narrandera, Koorawatha, Temora, Grenfell and Junee showgrounds have been approved for more upgrades to improve the safety, use and condition of their infrastructure and support jobs in the local economy.

“Our showgrounds are the heart of many of our communities, but with COVID restrictions events have not been able to take place. I am so pleased this investment is happening,” Ms Cooke said.

“This latest work is in addition to last month’s announcement of over $1.779 million in upgrades for 20 local showgrounds across the Cootamundra electorate.”

The latest upgrade work will include:

  • $160,000 for Narrandera Showground to restump its Pioneer Hall and to upgrade the mens and womens amenities.
  • $70,953 for Koorawatha Showground to complete work on its amenities block and install evaporative cooling in the pavilion.
  • $47,960 for Temora Showground to replace its kiosk and bar area.
  • $32,225 for Grenfell Showground to install reverse cycle air conditioning in the main pavilion’s supper room.
  • $10,500 for Junee Showground to build a ladies change room.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the local showgrounds are among 153 across the state getting stimulus funding this financial year.

“The showground stimulus program is generating economic activity in local economies impacted by COVID-19 while supporting the long term sustainability of showgrounds right across NSW,” Minister Pavey said.

“Showgrounds are community hubs and multi-use facilities and these projects will improve safety and enhance community enjoyment by providing upgraded facilities to support a range of uses.”

The NSW Government has allocated a further $10.77 million to its showground stimulus program bringing the total to $35.77 million across the state.

$23.27 million is being allocated this financial year to support showground upgrades and a further $12.5 million will be spent next financial year.

These works will help maintain the momentum on NSW efforts to lead the nation’s economic recovery from COVID-19.