The plan for the Kenilworth showground expansion is set to receive a helping hand, with the Mayor and Councillor Rogerson providing $45,000 in discretionary funding to help with the purchase of nearby land.
Mayor Mark Jamieson and Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson visited the Kenilworth showgrounds today to see first-hand how the funds from their Mayoral and Councillor Discretionary Fund will assist with expansion of the facilities.
Mayor Jamieson said the land purchase will enable the Kenilworth Hall Show and Recreation Ground Association to grow its current operations, benefiting the Kenilworth and surrounding communities.
“Expansion of the showgrounds will provide additional sporting facilities, allow extra space for camping and boost the local economy,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Many visitors park their caravans or motorhomes at the showgrounds and use Kenilworth as a base to explore everything the Coast has to offer.
“These people provide vital commerce for local businesses and are essential to the economic sustainability of the township.”
Councillor Rogerson said the facilities are also well-used by a wide range of local people and community and sporting groups.
“The hall and showgrounds are used for many public events and sporting activities, including the annual show and rodeo,” Cr Rogerson said.
“The association works hard to improve the facilities and increase opportunities for the local community, and has a fantastic cooperation with businesses in the town.”
Blair Meldrum, of the Kenilworth Hall Show and Recreation Ground Association, said the group was very appreciative of the funding and agreed the extra land would help Kenilworth’s economy.
“As a community organisation, the association greatly appreciates the valuable funding support provided by the Mayor and Councillor Rogerson,” Mr Meldrum said.
“We are proud to provide a wide range of facilities which benefit the entire Kenilworth community.”
Mayoral and Councillor Discretionary Funding gives councillors the ability to allocate discretionary funds to community organisations to benefit Sunshine Coast residents.