The new Wentworth Showgrounds Community Pavilion is ready to go for the return of the Wentworth Show in 2021.

The new building, completed in December 2020, replaces the old Barrett Pavilion that served the community for 114 years.

The pavilion will be used by the Wentworth Show Society, the Wentworth Racing Club and the broader public.

Wentworth Shire Councillors, including Mayor Susan Nichols, toured the new pavilion on 22 February.

“It’s certainly very upmarket, it’s fit for purpose and I believe it’s one of the better buildings you are going to find in a small country area that can be used for a multitude of purposes,” Cr Nichols said.

“It’s huge, it’s just great.”

CPM Building Contractors undertook the construction throughout last year, and although delayed by COVID 19 restrictions Wentworth Show Society president Marcus Moore said they did an outstanding job.

“CPM Contractors have been terrific and have worked well with all stakeholders to deliver a quality end product,” he said.

“It’s been a relatively simple process for such a big project.”

Mr Moore said the new building opened up a lot of possibilities for the community.

“It’s a wonderful redevelopment of the area,” he said. “Now we have a contemporary building that’s of far more use to us.”

Features of the new pavilion include ample meeting and display space, a large kitchen, disabled toilets and plenty of outdoor cover in the event of rain.

Funding for the project came via various sources including Council, Wentworth and District Community Bank, Relentless Resources and the Wentworth Racing Club.

This was on top of the Wentworth Show Society’s own funds combined with a $450,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund for the $1.1 million project.

“The pavilion has been designed to blend in with the surrounds and it will also be useful for the wider community,” Mr Moore said.

“It’s one of those things that has been needed … it’s just going to be good for the community.”