Wauchope Showground gets two new grandstands under NSW grant

THUMBS UP FOR NEW STANDS AT THE SHOWGROUND: Members of the Wauchope Show Society with Cr Sharon Griffiths, Oxley member Melinda Pavey and Deputy Mayor Lisa Intemann.
THUMBS UP FOR NEW STANDS AT THE SHOWGROUND: Members of the Wauchope Show Society with Cr Sharon Griffiths, Oxley member Melinda Pavey and Deputy Mayor Lisa Intemann.

Wauchope Showground is getting $300,000 to build two new steel grandstands.

The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP, said the funding is from the Department of Crown Lands under its Crown Reserves Improvement Fund.

"Crown land is for the people of NSW to use and to support organisations that assist our communities," Ms Pavey said.

"Of the NSW Government's $678,928 investment, $300,000 will be provided toward construction of two new steel grandstands at the Wauchope Showground.

"After all the hard work of the Show Society and its team putting in applications, it's great to be able to announce this funding," added Ms Pavey.

"It will ensure that the Wauchope Show and many other activities can continue here."

Neil Coombes, president of the Wauchope Show Society said they were very grateful to Mrs Pavey and her team.

"I helped pull down the grandstand that was here, and it wasn't in good shape when we pulled it down, and we will have a new one in time for the next Wauchope Show," said Mr Coombes.

"Our team have done a marvellous work on the grants and it's great to see their effort paying off."

Kempsey Showground will receive a $109,178 grant for maintenance on its buildings. This includes replacing the dining hall roof, repairing the trotting stables and removing camphor laurel trees overgrowing it.

Wheelchair accessibility at the Raleigh Hall will be improved with a $49,560 grant to install ramps and paths. Macksville Girl Guides Hall will get a new iron roof and guttering on its auxiliary building with the support of a $9,500 grant. The Bellingen Branch of the Country Women's Association (CWA) will receive $5,690 to repair damaged vinyl flooring at its community hall at Bellingen.

$150,000 will go towards rock revetment works by Crown Lands to help protect foreshore recreational land from coastal erosion in Bellinger Heads State Park. The Goanna Trail walking track, between Wakki Beach at Scotts Head to Middle Head Beach in Kempsey Shire, will see $33,000 put towards track design, interpretive signs and a brochure, and weed control.

A $22,000 grant will help control the noxious weed Tropical Soda Apple on Crown land reserves along the Macleay River.

Ms Pavey said the local funding is part of $16.5 million being invested statewide through the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund to upgrade and maintain facilities and reserves on government-owned land to benefit the community and environment.