Maxine Hayes, Kate Lenehan, Dan McDonnell, Steph Cooke MP and Ian Horsley stand in front of the old stables at the Gundagai Showground.
Maxine Hayes, Kate Lenehan, Dan McDonnell, Steph Cooke MP and Ian Horsley

Gundagai’s Showground will be building new stables and improving camping space thanks to $282,665 from the NSW Government COVID-19 stimulus package.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the continued support of Gundagai Showground was helping it to become a huge drawcard for the region.

“I am so impressed at the work that has gone on here at the Gundagai Showground, the committee here has made the most of every dollar invested by the NSW Government,” Ms Cooke said.

“From the impressive arena built by local business JJ Smith Welding, to the continuing improvements, this is a wonderful asset for the community and testament to what can be achieved.”

The $282,000 will be used to upgrade the stable complex, install water and power hubs in camping areas, install new skillions on the canteen, and lop and remove dangerous trees.

This investment follows a previous $183,000 grant from the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund, and a further $200,000 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund to build a new Pony Club arena.

Treasurer of the Gundagai Showground Land Manager Trust Kate Lenehan said she was delighted with the continued investment from the NSW Government.

“We’re just so excited about all the money we’ve got down here, we’re going ahead in leaps and bounds and we’re just trying to make it in to a showpiece and a big centre to be able to cater to all horse events and other things,” Ms Cooke said.

“We’ve got our first clinic here this weekend, we had our first Pony Club here the other day. It means a lot to every user group, it’s just awesome.”