Today it is my great pleasure to announce the State Government is providing a $50,000 Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF) grant to the Royal Hobart Showgrounds for works to level and re-seed a section of the Main Arena.
Currently there is a 21 metre-wide trotting track around the arena that hasn’t been used for several years, since the pacers and greyhound races moved to Elwick.
Levelling this old track will result in more usable space for a whole range of sports and other events that regularly take place at the Royal Hobart Showgrounds.
The main arena at the Showgrounds is used for Equestrian events such as dressage, show jumping and eventing, as well as for dog shows, archery and even medieval battles. Once the works are complete, the arena will also be available for soccer matches.
It is hoped the works will commence in late November, after the 2017 Royal Hobart Show.
The funding is another step towards the Royal Agricultural Society realising its Master Plan by continuing to upgrade this site, to become a flexible events precinct for a multitude of community uses which I wholeheartedly support as their local Member.