The old exhibition shed at the Yarram Showgrounds is no more.
The derelict building has been demolished and will be replaced with a new exhibition and storage shed.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester secured $250,000 in Federal Government funding for the Yarram Agricultural Society committee for the much-needed replacement.
“The old structure dates back to the 1890s and was relocated to the showgrounds from Tarraville in the 1920s. Over the years, it has become unsafe,” Mr Chester said.
“The new shed will have plenty on indoor space for the agricultural society to use during the Yarram Show.
“At other times of the year, it will be available to community groups and become an asset for the town as a venue for exhibitions, training, garden, flower and poultry shows, and special events such as discos and dances.
“There will also be secure permanent storage that will be of great use to local groups.”
Yarram Agricultural Society treasurer Rebecca Morton said the old wooden building was in such a bad state that repairs were not viable.
“The exhibition shed was built on a low-lying area of the showgrounds with bad drainage and was badly affected by water damage,” Ms Morton said.
“Its replacement will be erected in different location and will be used to display the needlework, art and craft, photography and cooking and possibly other indoor exhibits, such as photography.
“It will make the job of our volunteers a lot easier. We will be able to reorganise how we have the exhibits judged and staged to provide better access and more time for the public to see them on show day.
“This is really exciting for the whole community.”