This week will see the completion of the project to recommission an old Town Water Supply site to provide an additional source of water for irrigation of the Quirindi Showground facilities. This project supports the redevelopment of the Quirindi Showground, a major project that Council is undertaking and has been funded with $210,000 successfully secured from the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program.
“The Quirindi Showground Redevelopment is great news for the Liverpool Plains Shire community. The facility is used by a wide range of local organisations and is the heart and soul of a rural community. The Showground is a community hub providing multi-use facilities and this redevelopment project will improve safety and enhance community enjoyment plus providing the extra benefit of boosting the local economy,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“The recommissioning of the old bore relieves the need to use treated town supply water for irrigation purposes. Last week, the final installation of electrical wiring occurred as did testing of the new pump into the irrigation system,” he said.
“Commissioning the automation of the pump as well as the telemetry for remotely monitoring the pump for faults has been undertaken. The landscaping of the surrounds is being undertaken this week to complete the project,” he continued.
“The bore installation work was undertaken by local contractors, Brett Holz Electrical, Quirindi Excavations and Quirindi Plumbing, providing stimulus to the local economy,” he said.
“This bore will support the $2,567,950 Showground Redevelopment being funded by a grant Council secured from the NSW Government’s Showground Stimulus Fund. This project includes demolishing pavilions 1 and 2 and replacement with one large multi-purpose facility, construction of new club rooms and a kitchen to service Polocrosse, Pony Club, Campdraft and Rodeo events, provision of new toilet facilities and the redevelopment of fields to provide for camp draft and rodeo plus a new show jumping arena.
“Other aspects of the project are the replacement of the PA system, a new event ring fence, a new all-weather access track to camp draft and rodeo facilities, re-purposing the existing Pony Club building into an office, installation of a new surveillance tower, improved signage, and refurbishment of the ticket box,” he continued.
“The redevelopment project is being undertaken as part of Council’s broader Recreation Strategy and has involved ongoing engagement with our community partners the Show Society and the Showground Users Group. Thank you to all concerned who have contributed to the blue print for a facility that will cater to a wide range of community activities now and into the future,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.