A new home for the show
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