New Gatton Showgrounds a big opportunity: Lockyer Mayor

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones says he is confident the Gatton Show can be quickly moved from its current location.
Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones says he is confident the Gatton Show can be quickly moved from its current location. Amy Lyne

LOCKYER Valley Mayor Steve Jones said the Gatton Show had enormous opportunities ahead of it when it moves to a new Showgrounds,

"This year's Show was a great success, with gates up enormously despite difficulty of getting around the pool," Cr Jones said.

"Obvious now we really need to get the extra ground."

Cr Jones said they had meetings with organisations about show logistics.

"The dogs haven't been at the show for a number of years, so we're talking with the local kennel club about how they can become part of it," he said.

"The Showjumping last week was a massive success and the crowd was unreal, we're in discussion with them too."

Cr Jones said to move the Show might cost $100m so they would most likely move sections at a time.

"Not that we'd run a split show but we'd try and get our basic set-up, the ring, the cattle and so forthm" he said.

"We are trying to do a lot of thinking ahead so we can get their part of the show established before we do the whole lot."

So if we get sections moving like the showjumping, the dogs and the dairy cattle, and they are real keen to get going straight away, we can get well underway before we move the Show proper," he said.

Cr Jones said he was confident the new Showgrounds would be on the land Council has purchased between Gatton and Grantham.

"As soon as we get the siting bedded down, and that's starting to come around the soil testing and so forth," he said.

Cr Jones said the Gatton Show had room to become the region's premier agricultural showcase.

"Nowadays, the Brisbane Exhibition (Ekka) is  becoming more of a city show with amusements and entertainment rather than animals," he said.

"They tell me the top floor of the beef pavilion was closed this year due to rules to do with fire.

"The opportunity for animals is getting harder and harder - so that's really opened the door for us."

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