Maitland Showground earlier this month. Photo: Peter Stoop

In more good news for Maitland Showground, the facility has received an extra $160,000 from the New South Wales Government as part of a state-wide COVID-19 stimulus package.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Catherine Cusack announced the funding today, which will go towards improving the safety and condition of the ground’s infrastructure while supporting jobs in the local economy.

It follows a state boost of $129,723 several weeks ago, and a federal grant of $256,000.

“Our showgrounds play an important role at the heart of our communities so I welcome this further investment by the NSW Government,” Ms Cusack said.

“This further investment by the NSW Government will provide a boost for our local showgrounds and the community by supporting trade work and strengthening showground infrastructure for the future.”

The money will be used to upgrade the Louth Park Road entrance and grandstand car park, as well as replacing damaged drains and reconnecting them to the storm water system in the grandstand car park.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Showground is also receiving a top up to its kitty, with an extra $437,900 assigned for improvement work.

It comes after another state grant of $191,700 last month.

The money will allow for the removal of damaged asbestos roof panels and re-roofing of the horse stables as well as landscaping works and a new barbeque rotunda facility.

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