Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has announced that a Labor Government will commit $933 208 for the Bendigo Showgrounds to complete the second stage of the Regional Events Centre Development.
“I’m proud that a Labor Government will deliver for the Bendigo Showgrounds,” Chesters said.
“I’ve met with a number of users and stakeholders at recent Bendigo Showgrounds Markets who have signed petitions in support for this funding.”
The proposed work includes improving access for pedestrians and vehicles, landscaping the surrounds at the front and back of the regional events centre, and upgrading surface drainage and unsafe road conditions.
Upgrading the external part of the building would improve the local experience for user groups including the Australian Sheep & Wool Show, National Swap Meet, Australian Alpaca Association, Bendigo Leisurefest, Groovin the Moo and more; and would provide a solid platform for the future development of the precinct.
Federation Veteran Vintage Classic Clubs President, Neil Athorn says the Prince of Wales Showgrounds continue to deliver for user groups.
“This year will be our 43rd swap at the Bendigo Showgrounds and we are nearly booked out.”
“Bendigo Swap is committed till 2025 at the showgrounds and these upgrades will improve the experience for our patrons and retain Bendigo as the premier Swap in Australia.”
Bendigo Agricultural Show Society Executive Officer, Ian Furze said the upgrades will help cater to the increasing usage demands and provide a higher standard facility.
“The Bendigo Agricultural Show Society is extremely pleased with todays’ announcement.”
“This commitment will allow completion of infrastructure works to support the Regional Events Complex and Bendigo Exhibition Centre which will provide a considerable boost to our efforts to attract large scale events to Bendigo.”
“Lisa Chesters has been a great supporter of the Show Society and Showgrounds and we commend Lisa for her efforts in securing these funds.”