Three new amenities blocks have opened at the Canowindra Showground and will support regional sports and the town’s bustling tourism industry.
Funded thanks to a $250,000 Australian Government investment, the new facilities include showers and accessible toilets and replaced the demolished former amenities block.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said showgrounds were the social hubs of many country towns and the new amenities blocks gave the Canowindra Showground a new lease on life.
“The new facilities will cater to the numerous events held throughout the year, including pony club events, team penning, squash, golf and of course, the annual Canowindra International Balloon Challenge, bringing thousands of visitors to the town each year,” Mr McCormack said.
“This project supported two jobs during construction and we know how vital projects are for our regional communities reeling from the impacts of COVID-19.
“That is why we will continue to deliver projects under our regional programs and record $110 billion infrastructure pipeline to support local jobs and economies across the country at a time when it’s needed most.”
Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the former showground amenities were built in the 1940s and needed replacing.
“Visitors were using facilities that were well past their use-by date and difficult to access in bad weather,” Mr Gee said.
“These new amenities will be much appreciated by sport groups, community organisations and local visitors alike.
“The facilities can now accommodate large crowds and remove the expense of hiring mobile facilities for events including the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge which lights up the sky for more than 5,000 spectators from all over Australia.
“They will better support the local economy through hosting more events and boosting the income potential of event organisers.”
President of the Canowindra Showground Racecourse Committee, Geoffrey Beath said the grant has been integral to the ongoing use and maintenance of the showground.
“It’s been a life-saving grant for the Canowindra Showground as the amenities were well beyond their used-by-date,” Mr Beath said.
“The new facilities allow us to better accommodate showground visitors for the various events that are held throughout the year.
“A big thank you to the Australian Government for the funding, to the Canowindra Showground, Racecourse, Land Managers Committee and to our local contractors MGA Central West and Canowindra Westlime for their contributions,” Mr Beath said.
The Australian Government fully funded the $250,000 project.