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    PROGRESS: Natimuk Showground committee of management vice-president Cheryl Sudholz is keen to see the benefits of upgrades to a community hub. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Natimuk pavilion upgrade comes to fruition

Community leaders hope upgrades to a multi-purpose building at Natimuk Showground will help breathe new life into the community.

Earlier this year Natimuk Agricultural and Pastoral Society received a $499,000 Federal Government injection to go towards a major upgrade of the town’s pavilion. 

The money has allowed the society to move forward with a major kitchen re-fit, roof, ceiling lining, air-conditioning and carpet at the town’s agricultural and pastoral society pavilion. 

Showground committee of management president Travis Maybery said the upgrades would further cement the pavilion’s position as a community hub in Natimuk.

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He said the works would make the space more inviting for the wider community to hire it for meetings, weddings, funerals and birthday parties. 

“About seven user groups – tennis, football, Men’s Shed, historical and show societies, school and kindergarten – are all pavilion user groups,” he said.

“It’s more than just a community meet-up area, everything happens there.” 

Mr Maybery said he hoped upgrades to the building would encourage more residents to get involved in community groups, clubs and volunteering opportunities.  

“We really struggle for people who want to get involved in our clubs and groups in the community,” he said. 

Mr Maybery said before upgrades started, the pavilion had remained untouched since it was built in the early 1980s. 

He said the building had a leaking roof, pest animals and outdated kitchen and all were in ‘desperate need’ of an upgrade. 

“The kitchen is being upgraded first as part of a two-stage project – it will look like a proper industrial kitchen when it is finished,” he said. 

“When something gets to 40 years old it’s quite dated. We’ve tried to do this for years and years, but we just didn’t have the money.”  

Natimuk show society secretary Judith Bysouth said she believed the Federal Government was committed to seeing agricultural shows continue to thrive and be enjoyed for generations to come. 

She said she anticipated the pavilion and the kitchen upgrades to be completed by 2021. 

– Dylan De Jong

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