- Friday 16 February 2018
Patrons and event organisers will have easier access to facilities and sports fields are better protected from flooding thanks to the latest round of improvements unveiled today at Nambour Showgrounds.
The Ring Road Upgrade Project has widened the showgrounds’ main internal road and added 130 car-park spaces.
Stormwater which previously spilled on to the sports fields will now be piped underground, cutting back on the time the playing surfaces are out of action following significant rain events.
Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said the ring road upgrades, which are part of Sunshine Coast Council’s $237 million capital works program, would improve access through the showgrounds, especially on big event days, and remove on-going maintenance issues.
“The Nambour Showgrounds are as popular as ever and these improvements I’m sure will be welcomed by everyone who comes here or uses the facilities,” Cr Rogerson said.
“It will be easier to get around and we won’t have as many issues with some of the congestion points on the bigger days.
“We are continually upgrading the showgrounds so that it maintains its reputation as a great place to host events, especially large scale events which bring thousands of visitors to the town.”
The Queensland Garden Expo, which attracts tens of thousands of people to the showgrounds each year, will be one of the many events to benefit from the upgrades.
Expo manager Marion Beazley said the improvements were essential to help the high-profile event grow.
“The Nambour Showgrounds are a venue the community loves and what has been achieved through these upgrades is going to help make our event, and others like ours, even better,” Ms Beazley said.
“It’s going to assist us greatly with our crowd management and in making our event run more smoothly.”
The latest upgrades form part of a program of improvements to the showgrounds.
Last year to improve safety and ease traffic congestion, council widened Showgrounds Road to create dual lane access and a new access road connecting to Crusher Park was opened.
Drainage has been improved, a roof extension was completed on the Moss Day Pavilion and new LED information signs were installed at the intersection of Nambour Connection Road and Nambour-Bli Bli Road.
“These upgrades each contribute to the overall sustainability of the Nambour Showgrounds as a multi-use facility and help us to ensure the success of events in the future,” Cr Rogerson said.