Brodie Bott

Ramping up hall access

WHEELCHAIR-bound showgoers will be able to visit the upstairs exhibitions of the main pavilion for the first time when this year's Murwillumbah Agricultural Society Show comes around.

A new ramp being built at the back of the Dawes pavilion will allow disabled people to easily access the upper floor, Murwillumbah Showground trustee Ian Ross said.

But there is a catch; it is only half paid for.

“Half of the funds for the project have come from the NSW Lands Department,” Mr Ross said.

“The other half was to have been arranged through the Federal Government, however with the new government coming into power this funding was no longer made available.”

As a result, the Murwillumbah Showground Trust has had to get a loan for 50 per cent of the $40,000 project.

“We are looking for assistance from the public to help finish the project,” he said.

“We've had a bit of public help already and have paid for three-quarters of the total project.”

Mr Ross said the ramp is very much a community project.

“We received $2000 from Tweed Shire Council which covered the development fees.

“We also have the assistance of Tursa and their work-for-the-dole scheme,” Mr Ross said.

“The project is under the building licence of Robert Kaehler.”

Work has been progressing on the ramp over the past few weeks, with the concrete footings poured on Friday.

“We're looking at having it completed by the end of August,” Mr Ross said.

“It'll be finished by the Murwillumbah Show in November and will allow disabled people to access, for the first time, the exhibitions in the top.

“Also on the trust list in the very near future, with the assistance of the Tweed River Agriculture Society, is an upgrade to the toilet blocks, with disability toilets being made available.”

Anyone who can help support the Murwillumbah Showground Trust can phone Mr Ross on (02) 6672 4781.

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