More Showground funding for Barham Recreation Reserve

The Barham Recreation Reserve has received a further $87,500 under the NSW Government’s Showground Stimulus Funding Program.

This is in addition to the $130,000 recently awarded for upgrades at the Lawson Pavilion under the same program.

Murray River Council were allocated the extra funds after additional funding was made available to the program from the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package.

The new funding will enable the installation of perimeter ground seating around the main oval, installation of filtered water stations at designated locations, upgrades to the entrance of the grounds and upgrades to the internal road and carpark lighting.

Murray River Council Mayor, Cr Chris Bilkey said the funding is a welcome addition to the works program at the Reserve.

“The addition of extra seating, water bubblers and updates to the lighting and carparks will increase the opportunity for the facilities to be used for even more events and community driven initiatives throughout the year.”

“These extra works will complement the new multipurpose pavilion, along with the upgrades to the Lawson Pavilion, positioning the Barham Recreation Reserve as a first-class community and recreation precinct,” he said. 

NSW Government Upper House MP Wes Fang said the NSW Government’s COVID-19 showground stimulus program was supporting upgrades to improve the safety, use and condition of showground infrastructure and support jobs in local economies.

“When COVID-19 hit it forced the postponement or cancellation of agricultural shows and many activities that showgrounds rely on for their income,” Mr Fang said.

“This investment by the NSW Government is providing a boost for local showgrounds and the communities they serve by supporting tradies and suppliers with work and strengthening showground infrastructure for the future.”

The additional works will soon commence in the coming months, with completion expected by October 2020.