A new home for the show

Albany Extra - - Make Smoking History -

The fin­ish­ing touches are be­ing put on the new home of Al­bany Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety in readi­ness for the 122nd Al­bany Agri­cul­tural Show next week.

The so­ci­ety’s three new pav­il­ions in the eastern precinct of Cen­ten­nial Park will be of­fi­cially opened on Mon­day ahead of the show on Fri­day and Satur­day, which re­turns to its re­de­vel­oped tra­di­tional home.

The pav­il­ions along Cock­burn Road were built with a $950,000 grant from the Na­tional Stronger Re­gions Fund and in-kind sup­port from the City of Al­bany.

Work be­gan on the $2.5 mil­lion project in Fe­bru­ary.

With a week to go, Al­bany Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety president Rob Wright said the fi­nal prepa­ra­tions were in place.

“I guess our three main pav­il­ions are ba­si­cally com­plete now and other than a few tiny, finicky things that you have to do to fin­ish them up, they are great, they are op­er­a­tional,” he said.

“The City of Al­bany have done a mar­vel­lous job in get­ting all the turf up as best they can and they are still work­ing on that be­fore the show, so I am very con­fi­dent it’s go­ing to come to­gether very nicely.”

The two new ovals along­side Cen­ten­nial Sta­dium will host sideshow al­ley and out­side traders, while sheep dog tri­als, the ute muster, fash­ion pa­rade and the tra­di­tional Fri­day night fire­works will be held at the sta­dium.

Mr Wright said the new of­fice build­ing be­tween the two main pav­il­ions was still un­der con­struc­tion and would hope­fully be com­pleted in De­cem­ber.

“We are cer­tainly a lit­tle bit be­hind on the build­ing project and the grounds are be­hind but we have mea­sures in place to counter that and try to work with it,” he said.

“The turf is very new and hasn’t set­tled in the ground yet and there are ar­eas that are sandy be­cause the grass hasn’t had enough time to grow but we will man­age it. Over­all, it’s com­ing along re­ally well, it’s just a mag­nif­i­cent set-up and the whole re­de­vel­op­ment of that precinct has come along mar­vel­lously.”

The Al­bany Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety has ap­plied to the City of Al­bany for a $150,000 self-sup­port­ing loan to counter lack of cash­flow and ad­di­tional ex­penses since the con­struc­tion project be­gan.

The Al­bany Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety ute muster co­or­di­na­tor Phil Cock­ayne with his dog Jess and his beloved ute. Pic­ture: Lau­rie Benson Al­bany Ad­ver­tise

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