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Rye Park Showground to receive safety upgrade

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman, Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey, Upper Lachlan Shire Mayor John Stafford and Yass Valley Mayor Rowena Abbey at Jerrawa Showground. Photo taken prior to social distancing measures.

Rye Park Showground is one of 29 showgrounds that will receive a safety upgrade from the NSW Government’s $9.2 million improvement program.

The tennis court shelter at the showground will receive a new awning and there will be a fire safety and access upgrade to the main hall.

Jerrawa’s showground will receive repairs to the storage shed and have old structures removed.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said showgrounds are important for local communities and the economy and the NSW Government is committed to supporting a strong and vibrant showground sector. “Showgrounds are the heart and soul of our regional communities, bringing people together and connecting residents from far and wide, whether from the city or from farms across the district,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“They are important community hubs, particularly in regional towns, we want to ensure that they are kept safe and functional.”

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said upgrades will ensure our regional showgrounds in towns like Jerrawa and Rye Park are kept safe and functional for future generations. “In addition to the $9.2 million in showground upgrades currently underway, the NSW Government recently announced a further $25 million for showground improvements in Sydney and regional NSW to help stimulate local economies and support jobs,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This extra $25 million investment will provide a much-needed boost for communities and their economies by supporting tradespeople with work and strengthening more showground infrastructure for the future. State Members of Parliament with showgrounds in their areas have been invited to work with showground managers to put forward shovel-ready projects for consideration.”

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