Friday, 29 May 2020

Member for Davidson, Jonathan O’Dea, today announced St Ives Showground will receive an $88,000 upgrade thanks to the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package.

Mr O’Dea said St Ives Showground will receive funding from the NSW Government to upgrade and improve its infrastructure, supporting jobs and the local economy.

“When COVID-19 hit, it forced the postponement or cancellation of agricultural shows and many activities that showgrounds rely on for their income,” Mr O’Dea said.

“This investment will provide a boost for St Ives Showground and the community by supporting tradies and suppliers with work and strengthening showground infrastructure for the future.”

“St Ives Showground will receive $88,000 for a power upgrade that will increase the site's total capacity to support existing and new showground uses including sporting and hobby clubs, a community shed, equestrian and agricultural events and markets.”

This funding comes from the first tranche of spending from the State Government to repair and renew showgrounds across NSW.

Across NSW, 393 projects will be delivered at 137 showgrounds thanks to the first $12.5 million being rolled out to ‘shovel-ready’ projects that will keep the economy moving and people in jobs.

A further $12.5 million will be allocated next financial year to keep the ball rolling during the coronavirus economic recovery.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the showground upgrades are a big win for local communities who rely on their showgrounds for everything from agricultural shows to sports events and farmers markets.

“Hundreds of repairs and upgrades, including new solar lighting, upgraded equipment and new paving will revive our showgrounds while providing support to local tradies and suppliers,” Mr Stokes said.