The historic wool pavilion at Rydal Showground has been officially reopened by Member for Bathurst Paul Toole just in time for the 2024 Rydal Show.
Funding of more than $1 million was secured in 2021 for a raft of different projects at the showground. A brand new and much-needed amenities block has already been added and now the restoration has also been complete of the run-down wool pavilion which was in grave danger of not being able to be saved from the ravages of time.
Bathurst MP Paul Toole was proud to join members of the Rydal Showground Land Managers and Rydal Show Society to reopen the pavilion.
Mr Toole said the wool pavilion project has seen the structure upgraded to become a multi-functional building that meets the current building requirements and heritage guidelines.
“This upgrade has made such a positive contribution to the well utilised Rydal Showground,” Mr Toole said.
“The land manager committee along with the Rydal Show Society do a fantastic job keeping these grounds in good nick and well used for the community. I am looking forward to seeing the new pavilion in use at the upcoming Rydal Show.
“DSL Construction did a great job reinforcing the heritage structure and reinstating the old timber and roof and add a rammed earth flooring just like the original would have had.”
Mr Toole also made special acknowledgement of Ian Litchfield who has voluntarily served as Chief Wool Steward since 1960 and has dedicated much of his life to the betterment of the Rydal community.
“Ian has been a part of so many community groups including here at Rydal Showground since 1960, I thank him for his ongoing generosity and service to his community,” Mr Toole said.
The 101st Rydal Show was held on Saturday 3 February 2024.