The Gympie Showgrounds will be lit up with a $150,000 grant from an LNP Government.

LNP Member for Gympie, Tony Perrett, said that the LNP has committed the funds towards the cost of Stage 2 of the upgrade of lights for the main arena at Adrian McClintock Park.

“The Show Society has started the more than $400,000 lighting upgrade and this funding boost will finish the job,” Mr perrett said.

“The funding will help deliver new lights for the main arena so that it can hold nighttime events and also opens up endless opportunities for future entertainment and events at the showgrounds,” Mr Perrett said.

“This should not be the end of it.

“We have a marvellous multi-purpose facility and I hope that this commitment will energise users, the Show Society and the GRC to envisage and develop great possibilities for the grounds.

“The condition of the current lights means that community groups and organisations have been limited in the type and number of evening events they can hold because the lights do not meet safety and events standards and criteria for both competitors and the public.

“This funding also supports the Gympie Show Society which undertakes a massive task in putting on the third largest show in Queensland.

“The Gympie Show is the showcase of our region and as an avid show goer and strong supporter of regional shows I understand how important it is that we do all we can to ensure that our shows are well supported.

“The upgraded lights will enhance the experience of the Gympie Show making it easier to attract entertainers and performances in the arena.

“During the year the centrally located grounds will be able to hold events such as show jumping championships which run for four days and three nights, night jumping, jump club clinics, dog obedience classes and trials, festivals, rallies, large outdoor movie events, professional bull riding are just some of the possibilities.

“The Show Society plays a big part in Gympie’s calendar.

“Under an LNP government we are committed to providing the grassroots infrastructure that will allow volunteer groups to thrive,” he said.