Member for Nicholls Damian Drum and Mitchell Shire Mayor, centre-left, were joined by many community group representatives, including president of the Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society, left, for the sod turn at Kings Park.

By Steph McNicol

THE sod turn for a new pavilion development at Kings Park in Seymour was one of many highlights at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo on Friday.

The project received $487,000 of Federal Government funding in March last year under round three of the Building Better Regions Fund.

Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society president Jason Ronald said this would be the biggest development for Kings Park so far.

“What it will mean is that we’ll have a very versatile, large, open pavilion that can be used for all sorts of events during the whole year – particularly it’ll be available for expos and the Seymour Show in October,” he said.

“The old two pavilions will be taken down and that area will be landscaped which will open up the area for people who are using the park for recreational purposes.

“It should be a win-win all round for people using Kings Park, it should enhance the park and be a great benefit to the community.”

Mr Ronald said there were several community groups involved in the development of the project, including Riding for the Disabled, the Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society and the Kings Park Committee which is made up of close to 20 organisations.

“The development will start once the expo is concluded and then once it’s completed, hopefully in time for the next Seymour Show, then the other two pavilions will come down,” he said.

“Funding from both the government and council is making this possible.”

Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum thanked both Mitchell Shire Council and the Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society for their contribution to the project.

“It is great that the Federal Government can get on board and contribute with this, $487,000 matched by a combination of council and the agricultural society,” Mr Drum said.

“We are just delighted to be able to do it, especially because this is relatively new in my electorate.

“To be able to come to Seymour in one of the early days, be here with Jason and say ‘well, we’ve delivered this,’ is just brilliant.”

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