Blacktown Showground is set for an upgrade after being allocated $521,000 under the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus program.

Member for Seven Hills, Mark Taylor, said the announcement followed $389,000 in upgrade work that was funded last financial year for new aluminium seating, air conditioning, carpentry work, a new barbecue, tap replacements, painting of buildings and tree planting.

“It is fantastic to see the stimulus program funding more improvement works at Blacktown Showground whilst supporting jobs and the economy,” Mr Taylor said.

“The funding will allow a new roof to be built over the grandstand, making the Showground more accommodative of future events.”

Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly, said the NSW Government values the central role of showgrounds to communities across the state.

“Showgrounds provide a place for communities to gather and celebrate. They are an essential part of the community fabric which helps people have a sense of belonging in their local area,” Mr Conolly said.

“This funding will help modernise and preserve these important community centres for many years.”

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, said the COVID-19 stimulus program has now allocated more than $35 million to showground improvement projects across the state.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for better public spaces across our state. This program not only provides a short-term economic stimulus, but also leaves a lasting legacy across 228 of the state’s showgrounds,” Mr Stokes said.

“This program has supported more than 1,330 jobs on showground projects across the state providing work for tradespeople, suppliers and fabricators.”

As we saw during recent bushfires and floods in regional NSW, showgrounds also provide a place for people to go during an emergency, so our investment across NSW will help communities in times of need.

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