COVID-19 stimulus program: NSW Government allocates $121,000 to Morisset Showground main arena fence upgrade

FRESH LOOK: Morisset Showground's main arena will be fitted with a brand new fence after the project received $121,682 through the NSW Government's COVID-19 stimulus program.
FRESH LOOK: Morisset Showground's main arena will be fitted with a brand new fence after the project received $121,682 through the NSW Government's COVID-19 stimulus program.

Morisset Showground's main arena will be fitted with a brand new fence after the project was successful in receiving funding through the NSW Government's COVID-19 stimulus program.

The COVID-19 stimulus program has now allocated a total of $35.77 million to showground improvement projects across the state, with the Morisset Showground allocation accounting for $121,682 of that figure.

Catherine Cusack, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, said it was "fantastic" that the stimulus program would back improvement work in Morisset while "while supporting jobs in the Hunter region's economy".

"The local community will benefit from better showground facilities and stronger infrastructure that can continue to serve generations into the future," she said.

"This latest funding follows the allocation of $18,078 in stimulus funding to Morisset Showground last financial year to repair and replace perimeter fencing to improve site security and user safety."

Hillsborough Dog Showground in Warners Bay was also successful in receiving funding, which was announced by Ms Cusack on Wednesday.

The dog showground has received $79,365 for upgrades to its main hall and canteen building including the kitchen ceiling, vinyl flooring, splashback tiles, timber framing, and internal and external painting.

Electrical wiring will also be upgraded, damaged exterior cladding replaced, and downpipes connected to stormwater drainage.

NSW's Minister for Water, Housing and Property, Melinda Pavey, said the COVID-19 stimulus program has supported 130 jobs on showground projects across the state "providing work for tradespeople, suppliers and fabricators".

"We provided $23.27 million last financial year to support upgrades at 152 showgrounds and now a further $12.5 million has been allocated for this financial year to support more work at 76 showgrounds," Ms Pavey said.

"This further $12.5 million will support more improvements and jobs. The jobs stimulus program is supporting investment in regional economies as we work to navigate our way to recovery from the pandemic.

"The NSW Government values the central role of showgrounds in regional communities and is thrilled to work hand-in-hand with them to build a more vibrant showground sector."

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