The NSW Government is providing $19,000 for Gosford Showground as part of a COVID-19 stimulus package.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the funding would go towards grounds improvements and vegetation work.
“When COVID-19 hit, it forced the postponement or cancellation of major events and activities that Showgrounds rely upon for their income,” Mr Crouch said.
“That’s why the NSW Government is allocating $19,000 to clear and remove dead trees and undergrowth at Gosford Showground.
“This will improve the appearance and condition of the Showground ready for its future reopening, and will also support local tradies.”
Member of the Legislative Council Taylor Martin said Gosford Showground is one of 137 across NSW that will benefit from the first tranche of funding.
“Showgrounds today are multi-use facilities for a range of activities including agricultural shows, rodeos and horse clubs to farmers markets, festivals, camping, Men’s Sheds, sporting events and cultural events,” Mr Martin said.
“Showgrounds are at the heart of communities including serving as evacuation centres during bushfire and flood so the NSW Government is working to keep them in good shape.”
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the funding is part of $25 million that will be spent over two years to improve showgrounds across NSW.
“$12.5 million is being allocated immediately to get projects underway this financial year under the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package,” Mrs Pavey said.
“We will then follow through by allocating another $12.5 million for more work across showgrounds to be announced next financial year.”