Gloucester Showground gets funding from NSW Government COVID-19 Stimulus package

Gloucester Showground upgrades funded: Michael Johnsen, Leanne Anderson, Greg Channon, Lorraine Forbes and Bruce Snape. Photo: Anne Keen
Gloucester Showground upgrades funded: Michael Johnsen, Leanne Anderson, Greg Channon, Lorraine Forbes and Bruce Snape. Photo: Anne Keen

The NSW Government's effort to get the economy moving again post-COVID-19 shutdown has found its way to Gloucester Showground.

Over a matter of weeks, the Gloucester Agricultural Horticultural and Pastoral Association (AH&P) has received two payments as part of the NSW Government COVID-19 Stimulus package.

For the State Government, it's all about splashing cash toward 'shovel ready' projects to help regional showgrounds repair and upgrade before the end of the year.

In early June, Gloucester Showground was approved for $258,493 in funding to help complete six of its seven projects, then on Thursday, July 2, member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen stopped by to deliver the news of an additional $10,526 to round out the list.

"The funds are to help get the projects moving and trades working in the region," Mr Johnsen said. "As we are coming out of these unprecedented times, it's about renewing the economy and stimulating the vibe of Gloucester."

Gloucester Show was among the many events cancelled when the global pandemic hit, which was a major blow for the association that relies on it for income to cover ongoing costs, and a blow for the community, as it brings people into town.

The projects funded include the installation of a non-potable water reticulation system and tank, the replacement of arena lighting with LEDs, replacement of arena fencing, painting of two pavilions, installation of wash bays at the horse stables and dairy shed, laser levelling, top dressing of the main arena and new guttering and downpipes.

Upgrading the facilities has been on the association's agenda for many years and this funding will get a lot of the work needed, completed.

"It will help us clear a backlog of work without having to have endless working bees," said Bruce Snape, a member of the Showground Improvement Team.

Mr Johnsen said the funding is in recognition of the years of volunteer and committee dedication.

The investment not only provides a boost for the showground, but also the community, by supporting local trades and suppliers and strengthening the showground's infrastructure for the future.