Media Release - Construction Begins on the New Central West Livestock and Equestrian Centre

Monday, 1ST April 2019


Construction of the Central West Equestrian and Livestock Centre at Blayney Showground will start this morning.
Bathurst MP Paul Toole joined Blayney Shire Council Mayor Scott Ferguson to mark the occasion by turning the first sod on the project.

NSW Government has been a major supporter of the initiative after delivering $1.8 million to council to ensure it becomes a reality.

The $1 million construction of the arena structure is the largest singular component of the $2.2 million project which is expected to be completed in time for the 2020 Blayney Show.

According to Mr Toole, the project is set to facilitate the growth of the number and range of activities held at the Blayney Showground.

He said it is projected an additional 40 events will be hosted in the new multipurpose facility attracting over 1400 competitors, 2000 spectators and 15,000 day visitors. It is anticipated these events will increase overnight visitors from 100 to almost 6000 per year, driving visitor economy. Current events that are held at the showground will also benefit with a greater capacity to host more competitions in each event.

Blayney Shire Mayor, Scott Ferguson is thrilled with the commencement of the project and the benefits it will bring to the local community.

“It's a building of regional and state significance that will provide increased economic benefits for the shire by bringing in people from around the state,” he said.

The project is funded by the State Government’s Restart NSW Regional Growth and Tourism Program, Federal Government’s Drought Communities Funding and NSW ClubGrants.

Background information
Details of the project include:
-Demolition and relocation of a cattle ramp;
- Fabrication and construction of a steel framed roofed shed (80m x 50m) with cladded walls on the western corner;
- Upgrade of power supply, associated earthworks and stormwater surface water drainage;
- Construction of a new sand arena and base suitable for equestrian and livestock activities;
- Installation of rainwater harvesting from the new roof space to an existing dam;
- New water reticulation infrastructure for stock water and dust suppression purposes for existing and new sand arenas;
- Installation of compliant lighting for arena/undercover area
- Shed fit out including installation of internal safety barrier spectator fencing around the perimeter;
- Installation of compliant fire safety hydrants for the shed and showground pavilion.
For further information and media enquiries, please contact:
Megan Rodd on 02 6368 2104 or 0499 933 163
Last modified: 01 Apr 2019

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