New facilities on show

Cutie the Cow occupying the new cattle pens with Albany Agricultural Society President Rob Wright and Youth AAS members Georgina Ravenhill and Ella Smith.

Just days before opening the gates for the 2017 Albany Agricultural Show, the Albany Agricultural Society (AAS) celebrated the completion of its new facilities on the Cockburn Road side of the Centennial Park Sporting Precinct.

New structures, including marquees funded by the GSDC, were established to replace the society’s former buildings that were demolished in earlier stages of the Centennial Park Sporting Precinct upgrade.

State Government funding of $340,000 through the GSDC’s Regional Grants Scheme helped to provide two new marquees, one for cattle and one for alpacas. The funding also supported the purchase of modular cattle yards, a cattle wash-down bay and the fit-out of the AAS’s new premises.

AAS president Rob Wright said a lot of work had been undertaken to the betterment of the entire community.

“The purchase of the $96,000 marquees saves $40,000 in hire costs,” Mr Wright said. “This is a direct saving to the society, and hiring the marquees out during the year provides potential income opportunities.”

Three new pavilions were built with funding from the Federal Government through the National Stronger Regions Fund. Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson officiated by cutting the ribbon to open the pavilions.

The pavilions provide 4800sqm of hard floor, under-cover space in three separate buildings. Great Southern contractors Auspan designed and built the sheds, which feature curved roofs that minimise the visual impact of the three large buildings.

Auspan Director and General Manager Ben Richardson said it was great to see the funding coming to the regions and being spent locally to grow local businesses.

“To put some perspective on it, the contract created five jobs in Auspan for the year,” said Mr Richardson.

GSDC Chair Ross Thornton said the overall project aligned with the Commission’s focus on local content and jobs, and delivered important community infrastructure.

“The Albany Agricultural Society connects the community with primary production, which is the region’s biggest economic driver,” Mr Thornton said. “Providing facilities that strengthens this connection helps to maintain and grow economic activity in primary production and related enterprises.”

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