Federal grant puts spotlight on Gympie Showgrounds

A $92,414 grant heralds a bright new future for Gympie Showgrounds, with Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announcing funds for a new lighting system.

“Gympie Showgrounds is a fantastic facility, used by community and sporting groups for everything from barrel racing to fire brigade training, and I’m proud to help make the facility even more useful to the community,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This funding from the Federal Liberal National Government means more people will be able to enjoy use of the Showgrounds, including during the cooler mornings and evenings, avoiding the extreme heat in summer.”

The new lighting for the Gympie Showgrounds main area is one of eight projects in Wide Bay to benefit from a share of $2,776,152 under Round 3 of the Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to ensuring Australia’s regions remain strong, resilient and prosperous in the long term.

“We are supporting our regions through investing in important local infrastructure, as well as great community-building and planning initiatives under the Building Better Regions Fund and other Government priorities such as the Regional Growth Fund and our decentralisation agenda,” Mr McCormack said.

“In this round we are also investing more than $70 million in regional tourism infrastructure, to support those many regional communities that rely on tourism to bolster their economy.

“We have seen fantastic outcomes from the first two rounds, and today’s announcement continues our commitment to unlocking the economic potential of regional Australia and ensuring our regions continue to thrive.”