Stanthorpe's exhibition centre will undergo a face-lift courtesy of grant funding.
Stanthorpe's exhibition centre will undergo a face-lift courtesy of grant funding. Liana Walker

Ag society gets a boost

STANTHORPE Agricultural Society has landed the only funding handout delivered to the area via the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

More than 600 groups, including 55 in the Darling Downs, secured a share of the $13.7million grant - but only one for Stanthorpe.

The ag society received $31,600 "to build a mezzanine floor, picture windows over the ring and stairway in the western side of the centre

"The funding is for a project that we've trying to do for quite a few years,” society spokeswoman Paula Boatfield said.

"The mezzanine floor on the western side of the centre will come out just from the Ring Masters' Cafe - will give us extra function room, display space room.

"We can market it for all sorts of possibilities and increase the versatility of the exhibition centre.

"The project is in a series of stages. This funding just gets us the first stage.

"The second, if we're lucky enough to get different funding, will be getting a lift for accessibility.

"We've been wanting to make a start on this for ages,” she said.

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