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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