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Events centre awaits $500k grant contract signing

The Elmore Events Centre Events are confident it will get $500,000 grant from the Federal Government.

December 11, 2013 4:43am

Elmore Events Centre’s $500,000 Federal Government grant was given the nod last week, but works could be delayed by a year if contracts are not signed soon.

The Regional Development Australia grant was to assist the centre with a $1.1 million upgrade, which would include the installation of new stables and an amenities block.

Elmore Events Centre administrator Sue Doyle said if the contracts were not signed soon, works could be stalled until after the Elmore Field Days in October.

‘‘We need it signed by January... before Christmas would be great,’’ she said.

She said the committee would have to re-plan the field days sites if the new construction went ahead early next year.

Ms Doyle said she was confident the centre would get the grant but could not relax or proceed with hiring contractors until the documents were signed.

The centre was given notice of the successful grant application in May but the processing of the grant was put on hold when the election was called.

Elmore Field Days Committee president David Trewick received the news that the new government would honour the grant last week.

Nationals Leader Warren Truss approved 57 regional development projects — carried over by the previous government — if they could be completed within six months.

Ms Doyle said when the election was called in August the contracts were in the government’s legal department ‘‘days away from being signed’’.

‘‘If it (the election) was called two weeks later we’d have had the contracts ready,’’ she said.

‘‘Until the contract is signed, nothing was set in stone.’’

She was notified via email that all unsigned contracts were frozen.

‘‘I thought it doesn’t look like we are going to get it,’’ she said.

In September she received an email to say their application was being reviewed.

The Elmore Events Centre staff and committee members were going to begin lobbying hard for their grant when they heard the government was honouring the grant last week.

‘‘We were waiting for an answer, our hands were tied,’’ she said.

Ms Doyle had little contact with the government department directly but said Member for Murray Sharman Stone and Member for Rodney Paul Weller fought hard to secure their grant.

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