A MULTI-MILLION dollar upgrade and restoration project is under way at Bathurst Showground.
The $3.3 million project includes upgrades and significant safety works to restoring historic pavilions and structures at the showground.
Bathurst Showground land manager Andrew Fletcher said the largest single investment in the pavilions' history had come through funding from the NSW Government COVID-19 stimulus program and Crown Reserves Infrastructure Fund (CRIF).
"These works will ensure the pavilions are safe for all of the Bathurst community to use for many years to come," he said.
Showground manager Scott McLennan said several of the safety projects had already been completed including an upgraded boundary fence, new automated entrance gates, replacement arena fencing and an expanded CCTV security system.
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"The much-needed restoration works on the iconic Noel Moxon Grandstand is fast approaching completion, with works being halted to allow the community safe and secure access to the grandstand during the recent Royal Bathurst Show," he said.
"Some of the works carried out on the grandstand included repairing the rotting timber at the base of the huge timber posts, repairs to the floors and structures and returning the grandstand to one of its original colour schemes."
Mr Fletcher said local firm Hines Constructions was nearing completion of the safety works on the Moxon Grandstand and was now focused on completing its makeover.
"Helping to fulfil this next massive project includes the award winning heritage consultant Ray Christison of High Ground Consulting and project manager Keith Hogan of Arlington Consultancy Pty Ltd. Their work was recently acknowledged at the 2021 National Trust Heritage Awards," Mr Fletcher said.
"We are fortunate to have the expertise of Hines's help us through this next significant stage which will see substantial repairs and remediation works to the Beau Brown, Trevitt, Howard, English, Leitch, Sinclair, and Bennett pavilions as well as the shearing shed."
Hines Construction plans to have the Bathurst community back using the pavilions by October.
Mr McLennan said acknowledged the inconvenience these works may cause the community.
"However, we are committed to ensuring the buildings and grounds are not only repaired and made safe, but are usable for the whole community for generations to come.
"The Bathurst Showground management team is committed to working with the community, our visitors and all showground users to find innovative ways to meet their needs during these works."
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