Hope that old loos may be a thing of the past at Maitland Showground
Fingers and toes are firmly crossed that Maitland Showground could finally receive a new amenity block.
BORROWED TIME? Show office secretary Tracey Johnson at the old showground toilet block that needs to be replaced.
The Hunter River Agricultural and Horticultural Society hopes to secure several thousand dollars in state funds to refurbish the toilets midway between the grandstand and camping ground when Crown Lands makes an announcement in April.
“It just needs a complete refresh,” society treasurer David Perrott said.
The amenities, while usually clean, have attracted no end of criticism from the public for being dated.
The society struggles with massive overheads including $120,000 annually for electricity and has so far failed to find any spare cash to upgrade the block.
Maintenance of ageing infrastructure is the next biggest annual expense.
Mr Perrott hoped an application to the public reserve managementfund would provide a share in $700,000.
“We’re slowly working through one thing at a time and fixing it,” he said.
“We just need to make sure [the amenities] suit the needs of campers and people who visit the show.”
The application was made in January as part of an extension round of grants.
Given the limited funding pool and the society’s financial situation, the board opted to apply for new toilets and basins instead of fishing for grandstand funds.
“We just didn’t have the money to match it dollar-for-dollar to apply for the grandstand,” Mr Perrott said.
But the board will revisit thegrandstand issue after the stategovernment opened a further round of grants this week worth millions.
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