28th January 2019
Photo 1- Front Row: Donna Lance, Susan Fisher, Margot Anderson, Vickie Fisher
Back: Gordon Stewart, Brad Adams, Leone Stevens, Rodney Fisher, Dr David Gillespie MP, Ray Lance, Peter Hart, Lyn Amos.
The Comboyne Agricultural and Horticultural Society will undertake a further upgrade of the Comboyne Showground, thanks to Federal funding of $19,000 announced today by Lyne MP Dr David Gillespie.
Dr Gillespie said the total cost of the upgrade was $45,260 and would see the installation of new steel fencing around the showground, completing the final two-thirds of the showground fencing that still needs to be replaced.
“This project is particularly important for a number of major events at the showground, including the annual Comboyne Camp Draft and Comboyne Show. The fencing around the oval has deteriorated to such an extent that the association would not have been able to run these events future if it was not replaced,” Dr Gillespie said
The association received Federal funding last year, which saw enough fencing installed around the oval to run basic versions of the Camp Draft and Annual Show events in 2018 and 2019. The association, however, must now improve the infrastructure to accommodate the growing number of entries and ensure the safety of volunteers, participants, spectators and animals.
The warm up area for the horses at the Camp Draft and the Show Equestrian events will also be improved and three rings installed for the Heavy Horse events at the Show.
“These are fantastic events for Comboyne and involve a lot of volunteers who contribute their time, skills and effort to making them a huge success year in and year out. They are also great for the local economy bringing large crowds of visitors from across the region,” Dr Gillespie said.
“I’d like to again congratulate the association, volunteers and the broader Comboyne community on the wonderful work they have done at the showground and look forward to attending many more events there in the years to come,” he added.
Under the latest funding round of the Stronger Communities programme, each electorate will receive $150,000 to allocate towards successful projects, with a maximum of 20 projects to be funded per electorate.
Dr Gillespie said the additional investment for a fourth round of SCP would ensure that local decision-making continues to play a decisive role in funding community building projects.
“Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 are awarded to successful applications and I am delighted that the Gloucester community has been able to benefit from this important initiative,” Dr Gillespie said.