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Maitland Showground secures $84,000 funding windfall

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Following another successful Maitland Show, the Hunter River Agricultural and Horticultural Association (HRAHA) is celebrating further good news.

The organisation will receive $84,000 in funding from the NSW Government’s Local Small Commitments Allocation Program.

The three projects to get the “green light” are improved drainage around the Willard Pavilion and lighting in the high pedestrian traffic areas and carpark, as well as an upgrade to the grandstand.

“The Maitland Show Association appreciates the support of the state government and our local member Jenny Aitchison in honouring an election campaign promise to provide funding for the showground,” manager Brett Gleeson said.

“The Maitland Showground is the oldest regional showground in Australia – and the oldest events venue in Maitland. 

“So, there is a constant demand to maintain the infrastructure.

“And, in the end, that benefits all events here.

“There are more than 30 buildings on the showground, most of them are quite old.

“So, it’s very challenging financially for the Maitland Show Association. 

“This government assistance is most welcomed.” 

The funds are delivered as part of the Local Small Commitments Allocation, which will enable the continued utilisation of the facility by all user groups and the community.

“The Maitland Showground is home to some of the most important events in our community each and every year,” Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison said.

“This investment into further improvements on the site will see the refurbishment of the lower section of the grandstand and provide improved drainage and lighting.

“I am thrilled that, thanks to the Local Small Commitment Allocation Program, this work will improve the showground, allowing the Maitland Show and other events to continue to grow in Maitland.”

The Local Small Commitments Allocation Program provides $400,000 in benefits to each of the 93 NSW electorates.

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