New Maffra pavilion continues to take shape

Dennis Proud, secretary Michael Coggan, president Tim Dwyer, food & wine co-ordinator Connie Dwyer, Cheryl Dowling and treasurer Jasmine Munro of the Maffra Show committee underneath their new DomeShelter. Photo: Tom Parry

Construction is well underway for the new DomeShelter pavilion at the Maffra Recreation Reserve.

Located at the northern end of the Reserve, the structure has being built with grant money secured by the committee for the Maffra Agricultural Show.

Committee secretary Michael Coggan said it was great to have a sheltered exhibition space for the Show.

“We put in our application in December 2019, and we finally got notification that it was successful in about June 2020,” Mr Coggan said.

“We just had a few compliance issues and things, so we eventually got our building permit earlier this year.”

$250,000 was secured for the pavilion’s construction as part of a Regional Agricultural Show Development grant from the federal government.

“The Dome itself… comes from Northam in Western Australia, but all the rest of the work is being done locally – 75 per cent of the grant money is being spent locally on local businesses.” Mr Coggan said.

Most of that money has already been spent, with the remainder set to go towards drainage and the paving of access paths.

The committee plans to utilise the space for its food and wine court at this year’s show, as co-ordinator Connie Dwyer explained.

“We have about 150 patrons during the busy period for lunch, and if it rains, or it’s windy, there’s nowhere for them to sit,” Ms Dwyer said.

“This (pavilion) guarantees that we can hold the food and wine court to the full extent without disruption.”

Five local food stands, two local wineries and a brewery are all expected to be part of the 2022 event, which will have a Mediterranean theme.

“This year, for the Mediterranean theme, we have locals cooking traditional family menus that people can get the recipes (for) and take home,” Ms Dwyer said.

The food and wine court will also feature Mediterranean music, and a pizza-making competition between the local schools.

Additionally, visitors can expect all the usual fanfare of the event, including animal displays, the carnival, Smash Up Derby, Maffra Mile and fireworks display.

The 2022 Maffra Agricultural Show officially begins on October 21.