Show Society secretary Liz Chauvier with Lismore MP Thomas George and society president Jenny Glasby in front of the old electrical box.
Show Society secretary Liz Chauvier with Lismore MP Thomas George and society president Jenny Glasby in front of the old electrical box. Jason O’Brien

Show powers into future

THE Murwillumbah Showground is to get a vital major upgrade to its electricity supply thanks to funds raised by the Murwillumbah Show Society.

The show society has handed $25,000 to the showground's owners, the Murwillumbah Showground Trust, to help pay for the replacement of an aging central power box and electrical equipment to ensure shows and other events on the grounds can continue to power on.

Show society secretary Liz Chauvier said the mains box was in urgent need of upgrading because of the growing power demand of a huge range of events.

“You can imagine at showtime we have all of sideshow alley and other events using electricity,” Ms Chauvier said.

“There's such a big demand when we have shows, from the big lights on the centre ring.

“It's a fairly old box.

"It's been there since Adam was a boy.

“Even at the moment we've got a dog show here this weekend.

“There's maybe 100 people camping here – they blow-dry their dogs and have fans on them if they are too hot.”

Ms Chauvier said at showtime the show society provided large electrical units which boosted the power coming into the line, further adding to the need for a mains box which could cope.

She believes replacement will be organised in the near future, following the donation of the funds.



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