Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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

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