Warwick Show and Rodeo Society secretary Helen Welsh and Michelle Hannigan watch as the arena begins to take shape again.
Warwick Show and Rodeo Society secretary Helen Welsh and Michelle Hannigan watch as the arena begins to take shape again. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Ready to rock 'n' rodeo

AFTER being washed out in not one, but two floods since last year’s rodeo, the Warwick Showgrounds is inching closer to a shiny, new arena.

Workers have been restoring the arena, funded by a $60,000 grant from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

A bit of rain in the past couple of weeks set work back a couple of days, but president Neville Fanning said work is back on track and nearing completion.

“There won’t be much left to do at the end of the week,” Mr Fanning said.

Workers have shifted all of the sand before putting down a granite base, which is rolled and watered.

Next the sand will be placed back on top and rolled flat to complete the new arena, with left-over soil used to touch up the car park.

Mr Fanning said the society plans to christen the new arena ahead of this year’s rodeo.

“We will give it time to settle down, but then we will have a number of smaller events in the arena,” he said.

“The more activity we get on there beforehand the better.”

The arena is not the only thing undergoing a fresh new makeover at the showgrounds.

“The extension to the Ladies Auxiliary kitchen is now complete and the office has been renovated,” Mr Fanning said.

Mr Fanning said the society is now busy planning for its first official rodeo launch to be held next month.

“The event will host sponsors and potential sponsors and kick-start the rodeo, so we’re not doing it all at once,” he said.



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