Whilst the Waroona Show did not occur on Saturday 10th October, an afternoon tea was held at the Waroona Showgrounds where Government representatives, Alcoa of Australia, Waroona Agricultural Society Committee and Life Members celebrated the Official Opening of two jointly funded projects, both in the vicinity of $100,000 each. An overdue extension to the administration building to coordinate the Waroona Show and seven toilets – one family, two disabled and four unisex, will be of huge benefit for the Waroona show and the general community.
Amidst last minute exterior painting and hanging of historic photos the day prior, the refreshed administration building looked impeccable.
Completion of the ablution block located on the east side of the showgrounds was also a last minute rush prior to the opening.
The office extension and kitchen renovation was jointly funded by the Alcoa Waroona Sustainability Program, Federal Government Stronger Communities Program, Shire of Waroona and the Waroona Agricultural Society. Andrew Hastie MP, Adam Gilbert – Alcoa Refinery Manager, Mike Walmsley Shire of Waroona President, and Eric Walmsley Waroona Ag Society President shared in cutting a first prize ribbon with ‘dagging’shears – fitting with the agricultural theme.
A newly formed representative body of the 580 agricultural shows in Australia known as Agricultural Shows Australia formed in 2019 was successful in canvassing the Federal Government to create a $20 million grant for showground infrastructure upgrades. Chairman Dr Rob Wilson again cut a first prize ribbon along with Mike Walmsley and Eric Walmsley with funding for the ablution block being financially backed up also by the Shire of Waroona and the Waroona Agricultural Society.
President, Eric Walmsley highly commended Waroona Agricultural Society building project manager Mark Winter, Maree Ellis Grants and Donna Walmsley Project Coordinator and committee members who all contributed substantially to the projects.