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Members of the Traralgon and District Agricultural Society welcome federal government funding for upgrades to their historical pavilion.

Showground improvements

Showground improvements

Members of the Traralgon and District Agricultural Society welcome federal government funding for upgrades to their historical pavilion.

Government funding for Traralgon showground upgrades

The Traralgon and District Agricultural Society is celebrating this week following their successful application for $157,525 in federal funding for the repair and refurbishment of its Historical Exhibition Pavilion.

122 Shows have been awarded grants from the $20 million Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program announced late last year.

The news is a very welcome change for the Traralgon Society following devastating rains lead to the cancellation of the 2017 Traralgon Show and resulted in the committee actively pursuing support for much needed repairs to infrastructure.

The project has been a long time in the making for the TDAS. In 2017, through their unlikely partnership with Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby, they reached out to local business Full Circle HR to conduct full organisational audits and community surveying to review their current operations.

Through their partnership, the TDAS was able to attain support and volunteers from the roller derby club and have since renovated their Rural Room Meeting space for community use, and have cleaned and renovated the Secretary's office. This support continues as the agricultural society prepares to upgrade the historical pavilion.

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From much needed disability access ramping to a major renovation and repair project of the pavilion, the recent funding will help make much needed yet underutilised spaces a reality. It will also allow for more effective community engagement and can be used for agricultural activities.

In 2019 and after nearly 140 years of existence, the Traralgon Show’s 130th Anniversary event is tentatively scheduled for 4 and 5 December, pending council and state approvals. The group continues to pursue other funding to enable online show entry, a website rebuild, and furnishing the revitalised spaces. With increased partnership with community groups and Gippsland organisations, the TDAS committee hopes to expand the show offerings, making the December show event more enticing to agricultural and community members.

"Now more than ever, the Show needs to be an opportunity for the community to connect, and we see the improvements to our spaces and access as critical to making that a reality," said Secretary Lorraine Anderson.

"We are on our way".

Ms Anderson has welcomed the federal funding announcement.

"We didn't think it was possible to garner this support from the government for our little country agricultural society.

"We are very grateful, positive for the future and look forward to working with the community to make the Show better than ever," said Ms Anderson.

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