FRESH PASTURES PROMISE MUCH
HAS the Royal Agricultural Society missed a chance of even greener, newer pastures than the concept plan for the Showgrounds released last week show? In 1998, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW moved to a purpose-built facility at Homebush, near the Sydney Olympics Stadium, from its Moore Park grounds in the city’s upmarket eastern suburbs it had used since 1882. If the RAS explored a similar move if could truly control its destiny before developers or any future government start reconsidering whether the Showgrounds, not used most of the year, is the best way to promote agriculture. On a purpose-built site, farmers and the public would have new buildings, large machinery could be displayed and sold, agribusiness could schmooze under roofs instead of tents, and there would be space for all show rides. The RAS could get exactly what it needs, instead of risking a wait for support for the concept plan that could take decades.
Jon Bassett - Reporter