THE main hall at the Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park is being refurbished to the tune of $4.4-million.
The area around the hall is currently cordoned off to allow workers space to pull down the walls of the existing structure.
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Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor Darren Everard said work on the hall was the first of several projects forming a Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park Strategic Plan.
“Structural inspections confirmed the building has reached a point where maintenance is no longer effective or viable,” Cr Everard said.
“While the steel frame of the building will be kept, the external walls and inside facilities will be demolished and rebuilt.”
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New toilet blocks and office space are among the amenities included in the new hall’s design.
The work is expected to take between six and seven months to complete.
Cr Everard said Council was committed to ensuring the facility continued to play a vital role in the region’s events industry.
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The Deputy Mayor said the Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park already hosted a number of popular events.
“The facility is a fantastic venue and there is great opportunity to attract even more events which would be a great boost for the regional economy,” he said.
Cr Everard is hopeful the refurbished hall will help further entrench the park as a regional location.
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Council has been in discussion with organisers of the 2022 Fraser Coast Agricultural Show and the Fraser Coast Expo so ensure the events can still go ahead despite the construction works.
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