The iconic Camden Showground is about to receive a major upgrade.
The showground, which hosts a number of events including the annual Camden Show, will be upgraded under the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Crown Lands Showground Stimulus Funding Program.
Camden Council has accepted more than $700,000 in funding to upgrade a range of items at the venue, including:
- An upgrade to floodlighting
- Installation of event safety infrastructure
- Renewal and refurbishment of kiosk and grandstand
- Renewal of seating, cattle stalls and fencing
Camden mayor Therese Fedeli said the funding would go a long way to securing the future of the venue.
"Upgrades to Camden Showground will enhance community use and experience of the facility while also attracting more opportunities to be held in the Camden area," Cr Fedeli said.
"We are lucky enough to have the Camden Show at the venue every year, and this funding will allow large events like the show to be better equipped, removing the need for temporary solutions.
"It will also create a more event-friendly facility and I thank the NSW Government for their support and assistance and look forward to attending future events at the upgrade facility."
The announcement comes after the council was successful in receiving more than $20,000 to undertake upgrade works to improve electricity infrastructure at the venue as part of stage one funding last year.
Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves said this was a great result for our community.
"The NSW Government's Crownlands Showground Stimulus Fund is supporting local infrastructure whilst providing jobs and supporting our local economy," Mr Sidgreaves said.
"This funding will install additional flood lighting, retractable bollards and renew the grandstand, kiosk, seating, cattle stalls and fencing.
"Our showground is a multi-use facility and this investment will ensure it can be enjoyed by generations to come.
"The NSW Government values the central role of showgrounds and we want to ensure they're supported and modernised."