REBUILDING: The Goomeri Show Grounds were devastated during the January floods and the Show Society needs community support to rebuild.
REBUILDING: The Goomeri Show Grounds were devastated during the January floods and the Show Society needs community support to rebuild.

Goomeri needs your vote

THE Goomeri Show Society is asking Facebook users to help repair the damage suffered in the January floods.

The society has applied for a grant from The Philmac Project, manufacturers of specialist pipe fittings and valves.

Cash grants of up to $5000 are on offer for water-related projects with the winner is determined by a panel of judges coupled with community response displayed through online votes.

During the floods the Goomeri showgrounds suffered serious infrastructural damage including the cattle yards, fencing, hot water to the shower blocks and the complete destruction of the Pavilion.

A successful outcome for the grant application submitted by Vice President Andrew Holden would be welcome assistance but he needs the community's support.

"The grant is an opportunity to get the grounds back in working order," he said.

"We couldn't run the show in March after the floods so yearly revenues have been down."

The Show Society will have to completely rebuild the Pavilion on higher ground and hopes to see work start in the New Year.

The Marketing Communications Manager for Philmac, Tom Summons, said the Philmac Project aimed to support local communities and grassroots projects with $25,000 offered nationally.

The rehabilitation of the Goomeri showgrounds falls under the Queensland and Northern Territory category and 16 projects competing for the $5000.

"We pick the top five projects per region and that goes through to a judging panel who then award up to $5000 per region and $25,000 nationally," Mr Summons said.

"We wanted something that was a little bit more fun than the usual applications for grants and that's why we decided to use Facebook."

One of the criteria is that the project will benefit the local community and with events including the annual show, the campdraft and various rodeo competitions, the showgrounds fit the description.

Mr Holden said last time he checked the project had 45 votes on Facebook with at least 150 likes on the page.

Unfortunately likes don't count as votes and Mr Holden is hoping users will return to the page to ensure they vote correctly in support of the rehabilitation of the Showgrounds.

To support the Goomeri Show Societies grant application visit facebook.com/PhilmacAustralia and select the 'Enter Now' tab to view all the project applications.

South Burnett


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