THE Royal Bathurst Show relies on relationships for its continuing success, according to its president Sam Farraway.
And the show’s relationship with Bathurst Regional Council could not be stronger, according to long-term councillor Monica Morse.
“It is absolutely unanimous among councillors that we support the show,” she said this week when she visited the showground with mayor Graeme Hanger to see the final preparations.
“All the councillors are absolutely behind it.”
Cr Morse, the show’s Bathurst Regional Council delegate, said council recognises the show’s heritage and importance to the community.
Cr Hanger, the show patron, believes the show has a chance in the future to draw more patrons from the east as an alternative to the more difficult trip to the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
“There is a huge [potential] market in the Blue Mountains,” he said.
Mr Farraway (pictured with Cr Morse and Cr Hanger) said council’s support for the show is multi-faceted.
“Bathurst Regional Council has played an important part in supporting the Royal Bathurst Show through awards for excellence, livestock and static exhibit awards, acknowledging local small business involvement and assisting with the cost of the Community Stage in the Family Square, which has been one of the many success stories of the show in recent times,” he said.
The Community Stage highlights local emerging talent and performers throughout the weekend of the show.
“Council this year has also acknowledged the importance of the 150th agricultural show to our association and to the entire community,” Bathurst AH and P executive secretary Brett Kenworthy said.
“Just like council did back in 2015 for our bicentennial celebrations, council has significantly increased its support so that we can put on the best possible event in this important show year.”
Mr Farraway said council’s support also includes the use of part of the Civic Centre for the showgirl judging, the use of Morse and Carrington parks and assistance in creating a traffic management plan.
Mr Farraway said the show is the largest community event each year in many regional communities.
”And we can only put it on when we are working together,” he said.