Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced the Tony Luchetti Sportsground at Lithgow will benefit from more than $47,000 in funding as part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus package.


Mr Toole said the popular venue at Lithgow is one of many across the state to receive funding to upgrade and improve the safety, use and condition of the infrastructure and support jobs in local economies.


“This funding of $47,319 will see the installation of an automatic irrigation system for the number two field at Tony Luchetti Sportsground,” Mr Toole said.


“This investment by the NSW Government will provide a boost for the local community by supporting tradies and suppliers with work and strengthening showground infrastructure for the future.


“For generations the Tony Luchetti Sportsground has been part and parcel of the local sporting community and I am sure having the ground’s irrigation system extended will be welcomed by all users of the much-loved facility.”


Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said this funding is part of $25 million that will be spent over two years to improve showgrounds across the State.

“$12.5 million is being allocated immediately to get projects underway this financial year under the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package,” Mrs Pavey said.

“We will then follow through by allocating another $12.5 million for more work across showgrounds to be announced next financial year.

“Showgrounds today are multi-use facilities for a range of activities from agricultural shows, rodeos and horse clubs to farmers markets, festivals, camping, men’s sheds, and sport and cultural events.

“Our showgrounds are at the heart of communities including serving as evacuation centres during bushfire and flood so we want to keep them in good shape.”