THE federal government will contribute $250,000 to build a new exhibition and storage shed at the Yarram Showgrounds.
Gippsland MHR Darren Chester, who announced the funding yesterday, said the derelict old shed was unsafe and urgently needed replacing.
The new shed will have a large indoor space and a safe and secure permanent storage area to be used by many different groups, alongside Yarram Agricultural Society.
“It will be in demand throughout the year, including for community exhibitions, training, garden, flower and poultry shows, and special events such as discos and dances,” Mr Chester said.
Yarram Agricultural Society secretary Rebecca Morton said the old shed, which was built in a low-lying section of the showgrounds without adequate drainage, was in such a bad state of repair that the only viable option was for it to be demolished.
“The building isn’t lined, so animals can get in and make a mess. It’s a huge job for our volunteers to get the space into some sort of acceptable state for show day,” she said.
“The floor is uneven and sodden, the walls are warped and water damaged, and the central display area is rotten and unstable. It really isn’t safe for our volunteers or the general public.
“During the Yarram Show, the new shed will be used to display the needlework, art and craft, photography and cooking and possibly other indoor exhibits, such as photography and additional poultry exhibits.