More Showground funding for Wakool Recreation Reserve

The Wakool Recreation Reserve has received an additional $203,000 under the NSW Government’s Showground Stimulus Funding Program for a range of upgrades works around the oval.

This is in addition to the $40,000 recently awarded for various reserve upgrades under the same program, including the provision of an RV dump point.

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 works will include the installation of solar lighting for internal roadways, upgrades to the entrance of the Reserve, new bowling green lighting and irrigation upgrades to the main oval.

The pavilion amenities will also receive a facelift with the installation of new plumbing fittings, new tiling, lighting, roof, floor and wall repairs, along with a fresh paint job.

Murray River Council Mayor, Cr Chris Bilkey welcomed the additional funding.

“The installation of lighting for internal roadways and car parking will increase the opportunity for the facilities to be used for events and activities that bring the community together right throughout the year.”

“The clubrooms also act as an important community meeting place, so the pavilion upgrades will only improve the experience for users and promote the town to campers through the provision of shower and bathroom access,” 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 work will commence in the coming months, with completion expected by October 2020.