A RE-ELECTED Federal Liberal and Nationals Government will invest $250,000 to construct three new amenities blocks at the Canowindra Showground to cater for the town’s bustling tourism industry.

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee was joined by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and members of the Canowindra community to make the announcement today.

“Canowindra has a bustling tourism industry, which includes the annual Canowindra International Balloon Challenge, bringing thousands of visitors to the town each year,” Mr Gee said.

“The current amenities at the Showground are in dire need of replacement, having been constructed in the 1940’s. At the moment, visitors have to use facilities which are well past their use-by-date and a bit rough to access in bad weather.

“The new amenities will be much appreciated by sport groups, community organisations and local visitors alike.”

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the funding will allow the Canowindra Showground Trust to demolish the current amenity block to make way for the new amenities, which will also add a number of showers and disabled access.

“Showgrounds are the social hubs of many country towns and the additions announced today will give the Canowindra Showground a new lease on life,” Mr McCormack said.

“The new facilities will cater to the numerous events held throughout the year including pony club, team penning, squash, golf and of course, the annual Canowindra International Balloon Challenge.

“Andrew Gee has worked so hard to deliver this project. He is a fighter and a strong voice for the people of Calare and that’s why we need him to continue to stand up for the regions in Canberra.”

Shane Manning