$1M redevelopment on way for historic CQ facility
AT AGE 150, the Clermont Showground and Saleyards are getting a much needed facelift as the first round of a revitalisation project begins.
The $1 million redevelopment of the cattle centre marks the first first phase of development which will focus on essential electrical, water and IT upgrades.
This comes as an additional $230,000 has been spent to replace the announcer's box and grandstand ahead of this year's Clermont Show.
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the changes to the Clermont Showgrounds and the JR Turner Saleyards were essential to "future-proof our iconic events and continue supporting our great beef industry”.
"We're a region that feeds, powers and builds communities,” Cnr Baker said.
Cnr Baker said the development would increase the sustainability and versatility of the precinct, and would attract a wider range of activities on site.
The funding for the project is part of the State Government's Year of Outback Tourism celebrations which aims to revitalise tourism in regional Queensland.
Acting Premier and Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said maintaining the precinct was vital to maintaining Isaac's role as a cattle centre for the state.
"Beef and agriculture are the economic lifeblood of this region, and our government is proud to support Isaac Regional Council in making sure these facilities are top grade and able to meet the needs of these industries for years to come,” Mr Dick said.
While visiting Clermont on Friday, Mr Dick said these two sites were so important to the Isaac region - both for the commercial activities they supported and the memories they created for the community.
The second stage of the redevelopment project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.