More than $2 million in funding will be used to upgrade the Quirindi Showground precinct, which is music to the ears of many locals.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) received $2,567,950 from the NSW Government's Showground Stimulus Funding to commence the roll out of the project.
LPSC mayor Andrew Hope said the showground was the "heart and soul of a rural community".
"Quirindi Showground is a community hub providing multi-use facilities, and this project will improve safety and enhance community enjoyment, bringing people together for a broad range of events plus providing the extra benefit of boosting the local economy," Cr Hope said.
"Ongoing engagement has continued with our community partners the show society and the showground users group. Council is grateful to all concerned for their valuable input in developing the plans."
Cr Hope said a workshop was held for the project during July, which paved the way for the project management team to implement the plans in the recreation strategy.
"Major components of the redevelopment include demolishing pavilions one and two and [replacing them] with one large multi-purpose facility; construction of new club rooms and a kitchen to service polocrosse, pony club, campdraft and rodeo events; construction of new toilet facilities; and the redevelopment of fields to provide for campdraft and rodeo, plus a new show jumping arena," he said.
"Other aspects of the project are the replacement of the PA system; a new event ring fence; a new all-weather access track to campdraft and rodeo facilities; re-purposing the existing pony club building into an office, installation of a new surveillance tower; improved signage; creation of a new pedestrian and spectator entrance and extension of a shared pathway, and refurbishment of the ticket box."
Cr Hope said with funding now received, the council would "finalise design details, call for tenders and seek DA approvals ahead of letting the tender".