The $120k+ project boost Gatton’s showground needs
THE SHOW might not be happening in Gatton this year, but the showgrounds will still be a hive of activity.
Thanks to federal grant funding, the Gatton Show Society will be able to move forward with major upgrades that will benefit not just next year’s show, but any event at the grounds.
Society president Katherine Raymont said the $122,000 grant will allow the society to install new power supplies, more lighting and upgrade carparking.
Ms Raymont said it was a huge boost for the society and would provide big benefits for next year’s show and other users of the facility.
“It’ll just make it better for everybody,” Ms Raymont said.
A lack of power at the grounds had meant the society was forced to hire generators during show season to help supply electricity to food vendors.
The new three-phase outlets will make it a thing of the past – and new lighting will also allow for a bigger and better woodchop next year.
“Now that we’ve got the woodchop back on board – we can go into the evening,” Ms Raymont said.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz welcomed the funding for the show society, and said shows played a “vital role” in regional communities and economies.
“While we’re all disappointed the show cannot go ahead this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show society team, ably led by Katherine Raymont – can get these upgrades underway to make next year’s show bigger and better,” Mr Buchholz said.
“As a regional member of parliament, I know the importance of our local shows and strongly believe in ensuring they’re supported in the tough times and the good times.
“They’re important to our community, economy and in ensuring the rural and regional areas thrive.”
Ms Raymont said while the show’s cancellation this year was a big disappointment, it gave the society a chance to get the project completed and ready for next year.
“It allows the opportunity (to complete the work) because you’re not really going to interfere with other people,” she said.
The Lockyer Valley Regional Council also contributed a quarter of the funds towards the project, as part of the eligibility criteria for the grant.
Ms Raymont thanked the council for their support of the society and for its continued financial support for the showgrounds.
“Since we’ve formed the Gatton Show Ground Users Group – everybody has been meeting and talking,” she said.
“It’s been a good group put together by the council, and I think these are that we’ve all got to work together on.”