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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


A brand new and much-needed amenities block will be added to the facilities at the Rydal Showground.

However, that’s just one of the upgrades set to be undertaken thanks to funding from the NSW Government.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced funding of more than $1 million for a raft of different projects at the venue.

This also includes the restoration of the run down wool pavilion which was in grave danger of not being able to be saved from the ravages of time. The nearby animal stocking yard will also receive a makeover.

Mr Toole met Helen and David Black and Dan Morton at the showground to deliver the exciting news and see first-hand the plans for initiative.

Although the 2021 Rydal Show was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, that paves the way for the upgrades to forge ahead.

According to Mrs Black, who is the treasurer of the Rydal Recreation Ground Trust, the plan is to locate the amenities block near the new canteen and pavilion.

“We’re getting rid of the old gents toilets altogether,” she said. “The new facility will be all encompassing and include male and female amenities as well as showers so that we can cater for campers as well.

“It’s going to be located so that people can drive right up to it, making it much easier for disabled access.

“The mountain bikers use the ground every Tuesday night and there’s also the show dogs that stay here on certain weekends. And our family has even held a reunion here, so you can see we’re really a busy little showground and everyone thinks this will be a fantastic addition.”

Mr Morton said they met with the ground’s different user groups before coming up with a final design.

“We think it’s going to be a great addition for everyone. And it’s part of our forward planning now that the Bathurst Bullet stops at Rydal,” he said.


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