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Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis and Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan at the announcment of the Showground upgrade with Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow and General Manager Vaughan Macdonald along with members of the various Showground User Groups

Stimulus funding for Casino Showground

The NSW Government will provide a $45,000 stimulus grant to support repair work at the Casino Showground following the recent floods.

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said the Crown Lands funding was among stimulus being provided to seven Northern Rivers showgrounds to aid regional recovery.

“The Casino Showground is a multi-use hub which supports its community by catering for a range of activities including rodeo, pony, camp draft, cutting horse and poultry groups as well as the annual show, camping and racing,” Mr Anderson said.

“The showground also serves a vital role as an emergency evacuation point in times of crisis, hosting Defence personnel who were flown in to assist with flood recovery. BlazeAid volunteers have also made the showground their base while carrying out repairs on flood-affected properties.

“This $45,000 funding for the Casino Showground will help with essential repairs so that it can continue to support the local community post flood.”

Richmond Valley Council’s Director Projects & Business Development Ben Zeller said heavy and prolonged rain had impacted a number of areas of the showground, so the funding was welcomed.

“We are aiming to use the funding to improve access and drainage onsite as well as other remediation work that is needed to restore the grounds,” Mr Zeller said.

The latest funding follows the NSW Government’s previous allocation of $1.17 million to the Casino Showground from its Showground Stimulus program, which distributed more than $72.4 million State wide over five rounds through to last year.

The previous funding was for upgrades including: LED lighting and ceiling fans in the main and Ray Mison pavilions; repair and resealing of the timber floor in the main pavilion; new concrete flooring in the Ray Mison pavilion; a new kitchen with extra food preparation areas; painting of the show society office; 290 metres of new fencing; a new toilet amenities block; electrical upgrades; and extension of the cutting yard.

“The annual Casino Show has a rich history dating back over 127 years, so we all look forward to seeing it bounce back and again showcase local agriculture and arts in October when the next show is due to be held,” Mr Anderson said.