Member for Groom Garth Hamilton has announced that $50,000 will be provided to the Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland (RASQ) to install solar street lighting around the Toowoomba Showgrounds.
Mr Hamilton said the new lighting would provide a safer environment for the many visitors who attend events at the Showgrounds each year.
“The improvement in lighting at the facility will help build a stronger case for any opportunities that flow from South East Queensland hosting the 2032 Olympics,” Mr Hamilton said.
“Toowoomba Showgrounds is a community asset and the permanent home to 15 charitable and community organisations who will benefit from this project.
“The RASQ initially approached me for partial funding of the lighting project, but I could see the public good and fought for it to be fully funded.
“Improving facilities in the Toowoomba Region is part of my local plan to build a strong regional economy and a stronger future.”
RASQ President Shane Charles welcomed the funding for the new solar lighting.
“The new lighting will improve the safety and accessibility of the grounds for the thousands of people who visit the venue each year,” Mr Charles said.
“The grounds are a multi-purpose facility that hosts various events ranging from the annual Toowoomba Show to numerous community gatherings and a temporary home to over 10,000 caravan and campers each year.
“The Toowoomba Showgrounds brings communities together, strengthens social connections, encourages community participation, and enhances vibrant and viable future communities.
“The lighting improvements will enhance the visitors experience to this iconic venue.”