Bairnsdale and District Agricultural Society has improved its facilities to help revitalise the long-running Bairnsdale Show and host more community events.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said aging electrical wiring had been replaced and two flood lights had been installed to illuminate a dark area of the showgrounds.
The $5400 upgrade has been jointly funded by the agricultural society and the Federal Government’s #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program.
“This is a practical project that will allow Bairnsdale and District Agricultural Society to expand the show,” Mr Chester said.
“More food vans can connect to power, and there are new flood lights and speakers. The upgrades will also remove the need to hire generators for most events.”
Agricultural Society President Jack Peterson said the society had been working to revitalise the show.
“The agricultural society was established in 1878 and has been educating, supporting and connecting people in East Gippsland over those many years,” Mr Peterson said.
“Our committee is particularly focused on supporting young people during this time of economic challenges in the agricultural sector by hosting events where they can enjoy themselves and connect with other likeminded people.
“With greater electrical capacity, we can now increase the number of events, including music concerts, we host each year and provide more social and recreational opportunities for the whole community, particularly our young.”