Showgrounds set for major upgrade
The Monto Showgrounds will receive a major upgrade to their prime cattle yards and have an old shed resurrected after the Show Society was recently approved for a $35,000 state government grant.
The grant is the maximum amount eligible not-for-profit groups can apply for through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, Queensland's largest one-off grants program, distributing approximately $53 million per year.
With the 88th annual Monto Show now only five weeks away, the improvements won't be ready in time but will be a welcome addition to the showgrounds in the future.
The new storage shed will ease the burden on the main pavilion, which is currently used to house equipment during the year - making it difficult to rent out for functions.
Barry Wait sits on the society's management committee and has been active in the show for many years, and said the renovations will help attract people to the show.
"They do need repairing and it will be really fantastic for next year's show,” he said.
"The old cattle yards have been there for a long, long time and they need upgrading for the safety of the people in there handling cattle.
"This will mean a lot to the district and will encourage people to bring their cattle in, knowing they will be safe and secure.
While the condition of the yards has been manageable, safety concerns and constant maintenance has put unnecessary strain on the showgrounds.
"We have been doing yearly repairs on them. If we didn't they would just fall down,” he said.
"Better facilities for the show will mean easier access for people and their cattle.”
Once the upgrades are completed they hope to secure funding for further improvements.