DEPUTY Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner and Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead have announced grants worth a total of $62,101 for showground upgrades and maintenance works in Taree and Wingham.
The funds have been made available under the NSW Government's 2013/14 Public Reserves Management Fund (PRMF) Supplementary Showgrounds Round.
Mr Bromhead was pleased the region was able to share in this supplementary round of the PRMF, which was dedicated to the development, maintenance and improvement of showgrounds.
"The Myall Lakes electorate's public reserves have already benefited well from last year's generous PRMF program, with $1.2 million worth of funds finding their way to our local clubs and holiday parks," Mr Bromhead said.
"These new, extra grants offered to local showground managers will be used to make much-needed improvements to infrastructure and amenities."
The grants include $20,000 to Taree Showground for electricity supply upgrades; and $42,101 to Wingham Showground for upgrades to electricity lines, floor repairs and installation of fire doors in the tea room, and replacement of broken toilets.
Mr Stoner said the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government was committed to rebuilding regional infrastructure, as demonstrated through last year's record PRMF spend.
"The PRMF allocated $23.6 million to Crown reserves across the state, which included $2 million for iconic regional showground improvements," Mr Stoner said.
"I am glad the additional showground funding announced will continue to support improvements to these local reserves.
"Showgrounds are wonderful assets valued by the local community and their ongoing success is vital to local sports and activities, business and tourism in regional towns."