One of Australia’s great country showgrounds is set for a major refurbishment thanks to Kiama Council and the NSW Government.
The historic Kiama Showgrounds will undergo extensive repairs and refurbishments worth $687,500 over the next 12 months.
Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward said the investment in the iconic Showground precinct, which dates back to 1908, has been made possible by the NSW Government COVID-19 Stimulus Package.
“The Kiama Showgrounds is arguably the most beautiful and recognised Showgrounds in regional Australia, and a crucial part of our community’s heritage and public life,” Mr Ward said.
“The Showgrounds have hosted the Kiama Show for more than a century, been the home of the Kiama Rugby Club and Kiama Knights Rugby League Club, as well as the setting for movies, rock concerts, car shows and innumerable weddings.”
“I’m thrilled to have once again worked with Kiama Council to help secure funding to ensure the Showgrounds continue to be a focus for community events and activities for a long time to come.”
Mayor Mark Honey said the funds would allow Kiama Council to renew the sports fields, stables, cattle yards and amenities.
“The Showgrounds already boast a world-class function centre in The Pavilion, which we were able to rebuild in 2009 with the help of the NSW Government,” Mayor Honey said.
“Now we will be able to our much-loved football fields and agricultural buildings up to the same standard.”
The refurbishments include:
- New sports field lighting suitable for night matches at the Showground;
- Removal and replacement of asbestos roofing;
- Remediation of the playing surfaces of the Showground and Chittick Oval;
- Providing removable goals posts for the Showground and Chittick Oval;
- Refurbishing the horse and cattle stables and cattle yards;
- Installing irrigation at the Showground and Chittick Oval;
- Refurbishing the amenities at the horse stables and rugby club;
- Installing new mobile grand stand seating at the Showground.