Grandstand set to reclaim status
ALLORA Show Society secretary Wendy Ardrey was elated when she heard her recent application for a Warwick Credit Union Foundation Grant was successful.
The WCU Foundation is a not-for- profit organisation focused on providing grant opportunities to community groups for innovative projects, facilities and activities.
The grants are in addition to other regular support and sponsorship the Credit Union provides to the region.
The Allora Show Society has received $13,000 which will be used to refurbish the showgrounds’ historic 106-year-old grandstand.
The building, which provides a wonderful backdrop for all activities within the show ring, was built in 1905, and is among the oldest of such structures in the state.
Its resurrection will not only be a boon to the showgrounds’ facility, but will also prolong the existence of some of the region’s significant structural history.
“Local tradesmen will carry out the painting of the building after show society volunteers have attended to structural repairs,” Mrs Ardrey said.
“Allora’s Denny’s Engineering had also offered their services to assist with free crane hire.”
The showgrounds are currently looking a picture, a fact attributed to the committee’s forward thinking and as Mrs Ardrey proudly suggests, “to the ready voluntary workforce that give so much to one of Allora’s focal points”.
The WCU Foundation grant program commenced in late 2009 to provide financial support to community groups undertaking projects which provide ongoing benefit to the wider community.
Last year the Warwick Historical Society was a beneficiary, with their project being a rose garden at Pringle Cottage to commemorate Warwick’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
This year along with the Allora Show Society, the Mayor’s Flood Appeal also received a boost courtesy of the WCU Foundation.
The Warwick Credit Union has provided sterling community support to the areas encompassed by its many branches, with financial and other support given to events and projects large and small including The Warwick Turf Club’s ‘Warwick Cup’ and the Warwick Show and Rodeo.
WCU marketing manager Helen Roche said “our community contributions have seen the Credit Union provide over $50,000 a year in sponsorship over recent years, a tremendous investment in the local area”.
The Allora Showgrounds will see work on the grandstand begin in the very near future.
The auctioneer’s hammers can almost be heard as one of the Show Society’s blue ribbon events, the Allora Community Auction, gets under way on Monday, June 13.