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The Wandoan Showgrounds has received more than $350,000 in upgrades as part of a multi-phased revitalisation project. The funding comes after the joint efforts of QGC Pty Ltd (previously Queensland Gas Company), the Wandoan Show Society, the Wandoan Showground Improvement Committee and the Western Downs Regional Council, bringing the facility up to modern and safer standards.

Spokesperson for Community Facilities, Sport and Recreation, Councillor Charlene Hall, said the much-needed Stage One upgrade has significantly improved the reliability and safety of the grounds’ electrical and water infrastructure.

“The significant upgrades to the Wandoan Showgrounds are a great result for our residents and dedicated community groups who regularly use the facility,” she said. “Council wants to make sure our communities benefit in the long-term, one of the ways we are achieving this is by ensuring essential community infrastructure like Showgrounds are improved and maintained to a high standard.”

President of the Wandoan Show Society Richard Golden said the project has been a rewarding experience for all of those involved. “The Wandoan Show Society and the Wandoan Showgrounds Improvement Committee have volunteered more than 1000 hours of their time to bring this project to life, and the skills of our in-house volunteer drafts-person, John Little, has been an invaluable asset to the revitalisation of the showgrounds,” he said. “Occasionally, something truly spectacular comes along. For me, this project and all of those involved has highlighted the remarkable community spirit we have here in Wandoan, as this would not have been possible without the support of locals, community groups and QGC.”

The Wandoan Showgrounds Stage One upgrade was funded with $307,000 from the QGC Sustainable Communities program, $15,000 from the Wandoan Show Society, $20,000 from the Wandoan Showground Improvement Committee and $11,500 from Western Downs Regional Council.

Words by Emily Dowling