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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.

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