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Deniliquin show upgrades

The Deniliquin Pastoral & Agricultural Society plan to upgrade the Memorial Park showgrounds after they received more than $43,000 recently.

ZOE MCMAUGH July 25, 2014 3:45am

More than $43,000 has been awarded to the Deniliquin Pastoral & Agricultural Society to upgrade the Memorial Park showgrounds.

The annual event received the lion’s share of funding for the Murray-Darling region from the NSW Government’s Public Reserves Management Fund Program.

There was $69,459 allocated to the electorate, with Conargo Shire receiving $20,000 to be spent on weed management at the Blighty Recreation Reserve.

Show Society president Simon Watson said the $43,208 windfall would be spent on upgrading the cattle pavilion at the showgrounds and improving storage.

Remaining funds will be allocated to developing a business plan for the long-running annual event.

The cattle pavilion will receive a new guttering and stormwater system to improve usability, as well as new lighting.

A lockable storage container will be purchased which will allow maintenance gear to be stored away from public areas.

Mr Watson said the funding was a great win for the group, which has already put a lot of work and funding into improving the showgrounds.

He said the funding would take some financial pressure off the committee, which had been funding showground improvements for several years.

Upgrades already completed at the showgrounds include the creation of a four-stand shearing stage for the increasingly popular Riverina Shearing Championships and the show’s new quick shear event.

A lot of the work was completed by Show Society members on a volunteer basis, who also provided financial assistance for the new asset.

Funding allocated through the Deniliquin Community Group Inc and Bendigo Bank’s community fund this year will add further improvements to the sheer stage. The $9425 will be used for laying a concrete floor which will improve safety for shearing and wool handling competitors and judges.

The Show Society has also paid for the re-vamp of the food pavilion, with new roller doors installed allowing the shed to be opened on two sides.

Mr Watson said the pending business plan is expected to highlight further improvements necessary to help ensure the long-term viability of the Deniliquin Show, which is held the first weekend of March each year.

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