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22 February 2024

The Hon Kristy McBain 
Member for Eden-Monaro

Construction of a new evacuation centre and function space at Bega Showground is scheduled to begin next month.

More than $15 million has been provided by the Australian and NSW Governments through the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund for the project.

Earthworks for the new community centre building are currently being finalised ahead of anticipated construction in March.

The evacuation centre will be an accessible, two-level building with a commercial kitchen, amenities, and air-conditioning.

Improvements are also being made to the Showground’s heritage listed pavilion including fire suppression, technical and air conditioning upgrades.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain:

“Following recent disasters, Bega Showground has become well-known as an evacuation point for our communities.

“The new community centre will be a welcome addition, providing disaster-affected locals with a safe, modern space to gather, have a shower and take refuge.”

“The tireless work of the volunteer steering committee on this project means the entire community will now benefit from combined building and pavilion improvements, enhancing the Showground’s ability to host significant events and providing space for meetings, concerts, sports and community activities.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bega Dr Michael Holland:

“I am delighted to see the progress of this exciting addition for the Bega Valley Community. I commend the project team for their commitment in navigating the considerable challenges they faced to meet the construction and BLERF funding deadlines. It is heartening to see the project moving forward with confidence now.

“When the project team contacted my office last year there was a boundary adjustment that needed assistance through the Department of Crown Lands and the Bega Valley Shire Council, as it was a source of major frustration and delay for them”.

“The Bega Evacuation Centre will future-proof the Bega Valley community in times of celebration and need.”
“The iconic Bega showground has served our community since 1905 and this much-needed multimillion-dollar upgrade is a celebration of our community's rich agricultural heritage and a commitment to its future. This investment will transform the showground into a vibrant hub for agricultural shows, sporting events and community gatherings that will benefit everyone”.

Quotes attributable to Bega Showground Land Manager Phil Moffitt:

"The Bega Showground Land Managers are extremely pleased that work has commenced on the project. The upgrades will be of immense benefit to the community and prepare us in the event of future natural disasters”.