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Lismore and Kyogle showgrounds enjoy funding boost

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Lismore Show Society secretary-manager Mark Bailey, Show Society president John Gibson and Lismore MP Janelle Saffin (Labor) inspect one of the power boards. Photo supplied.

Supporting the upgrades of showgrounds across NSW is aimed at ensuring there is more work for local tradespeople and Lismore and Kyogle showgrounds were happy recipients of funds.

Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin (Labor) last week visited Lismore Showground to inspect how a $125,000 Showground Stimulus Funding grant from the NSW government had powered up the facility. The project involved the upgrading of the power system at the showground replacing 20 antiquated power boards to increase reliability and safety

‘President John Gibson and secretary-manager Mark Bailey are very happy with how this project has rolled out after their application was successful under Phase 1 of the Showground Stimulus Funding Program, one which I have heavily supported, Ms Saffin said.

Ms Saffin said she was looking forward to what should be an imminent announcement of successful, larger Phase 2 projects and hoped that local showgrounds in the Electorate of Lismore would be among the beneficiaries.

‘The $25-million program, rolling out over two financial years, is aimed at getting money ‘out the door’ for long-overdue showground maintenance and improvements, simultaneously keeping local tradespeople in work,’ Ms Saffin said.

However, it is important to note that this is a male dominated area of employment once again highlighting the failure of both state and federal governments to address the needs of hard working women in rural regions.

‘Showgrounds are central meeting places for local communities and they host events that showcase the best and brightest of our talents and goods and wares,’ said Ms Saffin.

‘I recently attended the Lismore Carboot Market at the Lismore Showground and was greatly impressed by the new COVID-safe venue.’

Unisex toilets for Kyogle

Ms Saffin also visited Kyogle Showground to see how a $110,000 Stronger Country Communities Fund Round 3 grant is being used to upgrade amenities, including their new main unisex and accessible toilets and showers.

‘I thank Kyogle Showground Trust president Paul Anderson and vice-president Kevin Donaghy for showing me another well executed project which will benefit all who use the showground,’ Ms Saffin said.

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  1. Our ‘token’ local politition. Interesting that this woman could do nothing to assist homeless to access power or cooking facilities at any showgrounds or parks during covid lockdown, yet face in paper taking glory for community groups successfully obtaining grant funding. Did she assist with the application process? I think not. Work opportunities through grants, to men.
    A shame she cant put the effort into addressing local issues such as positive parenting, homelessness, infastructure, jobs for school leavers ect.


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