Another milestone has been reached in the $2.6 million redevelopment of the Quirindi Showground precinct with Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) awarding the contract for the construction of the new pavilion at its February Ordinary meeting.
“The contract has been awarded to Willis Brant and Associates who have extensive capacity in the design and construction of buildings similar to this. The expected delivery time for the project is approximately 16 weeks,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“This will see the complex ready for use during the Quirindi Show Society’s 2021 Quirindi Spring Show which is scheduled to be held on the 11th and 12th of September,” he said.
“The new pavilion will have amenities/showers, a change room facility, a first aid room, and a new canteen/kitchen. It will provide 960m² open space for the show plus providing modern facilities for any major exhibitions and other events that come to the Shire,” he continued.
Councillor Hawkins said the redevelopment of the showground precinct is being undertaken following extensive consultation with showground user groups. He said many organisations from around the Shire utilise the facilities and it is an important hub for many events.
“Works already undertaken include the replacement of the trotting track fence and installation of a new rodeo arena. A new amenities block has been constructed and an old bore has been recommissioned to provide an additional source of water for irrigation of the precinct,” he said.
“The project also entails construction of new club rooms and a kitchen to service Polocrosse, Pony Club, Campdraft and Rodeo events, plus the redevelopment of fields to provide for campdraft and rodeo plus a new show jumping arena.
“Other aspects of this major redevelopment are the replacement of the PA system, a new all-weather access track to campdraft and rodeo facilities, re-purposing the existing Pony Club building into an office, improved signage, creation of a new pedestrian and spectator entrance, extension of a shared pathway and refurbishment of the ticket box,” he continued.
Councillor Hawkins said the new pavilion along with these other projects are being undertaken with $2.6 million Council secured through the State Government’s Showground Stimulus Funding Program.
“Community interest in this project highlights the fact that the Showground is the heart and soul of a rural community like ours. This redevelopment provides multi-use facilities with improved safety that will enhance community enjoyment bringing people together for a broad range of events. It also provides the additional benefit of boosting the local economy. It really is a community hub that will serve the community well for many years into the future,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.