Open for business all-year round at the Yeppoon showgrounds
The Yeppoon and District Show Society prides itself on never shutting the gates to its showgrounds.
This is, in a large part, due to the assistance of the state government that has enabled organisers to open the ground to charitable and emergency services organisations when needed.
Show society secretary, Desley Rial said the government’s continued support has helped the organisation to establish well-maintained grounds and facilities for use by the community as well as 11 charities which operate out of the showgrounds.
These include the Keppel Coast Gymnastic Club, Yeppoon Lions Club, Beach Potters, Yeppoon Little Theatre, Yeppoon Community Markets, Yeppoon Army Cadets and the Capricorn Coast Embroiderers’ Guild.
This year, the Yeppoon Show Society received $19,397 under the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning’s Show Societies Grant Program.
Mrs Rial described the Yeppoon and District Show Society’s decision to use its grounds all year round as unique.
“Most show societies tend to use their grounds just for their annual shows,” Mrs Rial said.
“With the help of government funding, we have continued to upgrade facilities and carry out improvements to the pavilions and the grounds which means they can be used all year round.
Even after the grounds suffered severe damage when Cyclone Marcia hit in February last year, emergency services were still able to use the grounds and pavilions as their operational headquarters to carry out the massive amount of work which was required to assist the community.”
Mrs Rial said continued government funding also added to the success of the annual Yeppoon Show held every June.
“This year, we were able to upgrade a number of facilities for people who require disabled access, including toilets and a network of wide pathways,” she said.
“This is important, as the show creates a huge economic boost to our community as well as providing a valuable link between the rural areas and the Capricorn Coast.
We also made a complete pavilion available free of charge for our education section which displays the work of school children from kindergarten to high school.
By encompassing our young people, we are keeping alive the agricultural side of our region.”
The 2017 show will be held from 10–11 June.
In it to win it at the wood chopping event at the Yeppoon Show. (picture courtesy of the Yeppoon and District Show Society).