Society asks council to take over showground
By HANNAH ROSS
A BID to bring Lismore Showground 'into the 21st Century' has prompted the North Coast National A&I Society to ask Lismore City Council to take over as trust manager of the site.
Society president John Gibson said the showground were being used more and more by community groups, and the council was better placed to manage this and to improve facilities at the venue for the entire community.
Mr Gibson said the job of managing events such as the weekly farmers' markets and monster truck shows held at the showground was a lot for the largely volunteer-based society to handle.
He said the A&I Society employed a part-time caretaker for the grounds, a secretary and an assistant secretary, and the rest of the work was done by volunteers who were mostly over 50.
Mr Gibson said if the new trust management arrangements for the showground could provide better facilities for the community, the A&I Society would be relieved to hand over the reins to the council.
"Our buildings are old and need painting and upgrading, the grounds need non-stop mowing, some fences need repairing and fences need to be erected for security," Mr Gibson said.
"If the council steps in I would like to see the facilities upgraded to put on better shows and events for the whole region. Lismore is like a hub of a wheel and I think we can attract these to the city."
Under the proposal to be decided at this week's council meeting, the A&I Society would continue to run the annual North Coast National Show.