The future of a much-loved historical building at Bathurst Showground has been secured thanks to the NSW government providing $410,788 for structural remedial works.
The Ern Prior Pavilion was built 1952 and is in direr need of restoration work to reinstate the structural integrity of the building and allow it to be reopened to the public.
Part of the Bathurst Showground’s state heritage register, the Prior Pavilion is a simple unpretentious pavilion with classical rural character. Timber framed, the building is partly open and partly vertical boarded under a broad gabled iron roof with flanking skillions. The pavilion has a noticeably different structural form due to supply scarcity in the postwar period when it was constructed.
Member for Bathurst and Deputy Premier Paul Toole visited the Bathurst Showground to deliver the good news to the Bathurst Agricultural, Horticultural and Pastoral Association.
“As one of the first inland settlements in Australia our history is important and the Bathurst Show has played a significant part in that history. I am pleased to be contributing to the restoration and preservation of that history through significant buildings such as the Prior Pavilion,” Mr Toole said.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole also said agricultural shows are the heartbeat of regional areas.
“Country shows are the heartbeat of so many rural communities – they not only celebrate the best of the best in the community but allow visitors to experience the tastes, sights and sounds of the bush.”
“Building maintenance and remedial works such as this will ensure the show only gets bigger and better every year.