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Parkes Showground to receive funding for new kitchen thanks to RASF

Posted on : 01 July 2020

Parkes Showground has received $5000 worth of funding and LG appliances thanks to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) 2020 Community Kitchen Grant program.

Traditionally gifted the kitchen and equipment following the Sydney Royal Easter Show this year things were a little different. Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Show due to COVID-19, the RASF still secured almost $15,000 worth of funding from generous donors, enabling kitchen upgrades and appliances to go out to five regional showgrounds.

Liz Brown, Parkes Show Secretary says a kitchen upgrade will go a long way to support the Parkes community.

“The Parkes luncheon room was constructed in 1926. Several years ago some internal work was done to create a kitchen with minimal infrastructure but we still had to hire equipment from local café owners,” Mrs Brown said.

“Today whichever community group does the Show catering, still needs to bring their own equipment. Our hope is to get this facility to an acceptable standard which makes it a more attractive and functional space, allowing us to ‘rent the space’ to help fund upgrades to other areas of the pavilion and give Parkes the community showground it deserves.”

RASF Manager Cecilia Logan says she hopes this kitchen will provide an updated space for the Parkes community to gather once it it’s safe to do so. 

“Showgrounds and local halls are the meeting places for our communities. They host events and fundraisers that bring people together such as the annual Parkes Show,” Mrs Logan said.

“By providing Parkes with these new facilities, we hope to support and foster further community functions and provide some economic independence for the showground to raise funds that facilitate further upgrades.”

The Parkes Show kitchen is utilised for many community-based events including the Parkes Show, Community Fundraisers, Parkes Men Shed, Parkes CanAssist and many agricultural-based activities.

Additional funding was also received by Walgett, Cootamundra, Wauchope and Moree to assist kitchen upgrades.

For further information, including high-resolution images, please contact:

Nicola Dalby

Communications Manager

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW

M: 0434 579 906 | E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au

 

About the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF):

The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships.

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