Show green with delight
The much-loved arena at the Yarrawonga Showgrounds is now looking smart and green after the Lions Club of Yarrawonga in accordance with the Yarrawonga and Mulwala Agricultural show committee completed much needed renovations.
The Lions Club acquired a $15,000 grant from the Moira Shire Council for renovations to the toilet block and arena to fix the problem of the toilet block being prone to flooding.
The infrastructure was ripped up before more concrete was laid and the amenities reinstalled in the toilet block in the hopes the reoccurring flooding would now be a thing of the past.
As well as the toilet block receiving much needed renovations the arena was also due for a bit of TLC and local tradesmen and environmental groups came on board to assist in its overhaul.
Yarrawonga Lions Club Treasurer Jock McDonald said the Lions Club were pleased they were able to receive a grant to fix the problems that the showgrounds were producing.
“The area was due for a touch up especially when some of the amenities were not holding up to the standard we were after,” Jock said.
“We obviously needed the toilet block renovated as our main priority but the arena was starting to look a bit sad and we wanted to be able to help out there and touch it up as well.”
In terms of the oval, the Lions Club thought it would just take a simple grater over the area a few times to bring it back to spic and span however Matt Judd told group that, that was not the case.
North East Survey and Design were then consulted where they advised an engineer on the layout of the area and what works were to be done before he came back with a design.
From there the group ran into a problem as they had acquired the grant in late 2016, early 2017 but due to the town receiving a fair amount of wet weather before the workers got to grating, the renovations had to be pushed back.
“We finally got moving after Easter this year and the work eventually got done after we had been held up due to the rain we received,” Jock said.
“Once it finally dried last year the show was coming around again so we couldn’t do it when there were numbers of people around but we finally got to it and now it is looking lovely and green.
“Valley seeds from Euroa came on board with us and donated some seeds along with two tonnes of a hectare of product to help us grate the whole area.
“Along with the $15,000 grant we received from the council, the Lions Club put in around $3-4000 to complete the works and now it is looking fantastic.”
Jock said due to the area being of such importance to the town and to the livelihood of the show, the Lions Club were looking to have a grand opening to welcome the new look area.
“We aim to have a grand opening of the arena in September which we are looking at coinciding with the towns 150-year celebrations,” Jock said.
“Our next step is to look at the water system and we hope the works we have done so far have fixed the drainage.
“The area is looking great and up to standard so we are happy with what has been done and are looking forward to the show in October.”
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Agricultural Show is now only seven weeks away so make sure to make your way to the Yarrawonga Showgrounds on Saturday, October 6 to see the bright new arena and check out the horse and dog events that will take place on the new greenery.
The newly renovated toilet block and showground arena which is looking healthy and green.