28th August, 2017

The Sale Showgrounds will be bigger and better than ever thanks to a funding boost from Andrews Labor Government to upgrade the showgrounds.

Local Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today joined members of the community to announce that the Labor Government was investing $500,000 in the project that will enable the Sale and District Agricultural Society to continue to attract people to the region and increase their capability to host large-scale events.

The investment will see the redevelopment of the site, with the demolition of the existing administration and amenities block and construction of a new 480 square metre building housing the administration centre with office space, storage, bathrooms and a recreation area with kitchen and laundry facilities.

The Sale Showgrounds are a vital community facility, hosting a large number of major events each year including the Sale Show which attracts around 14,000 attendees over 3 days.

This project is expected to boost the local economy by $3.8 million with more than 15,000 additional visitors per year and an extra 4,500 overnight stays. It will also help create 12 ongoing jobs.

The upgrade is being made possible thanks to the Labor Government’s $20 million Community Facility Fund that is being administered by the Latrobe Valley Authority.

The Latrobe Facility Community Facility Fund has so far provided grants for 19 projects across the Latrobe Valley, Baw Baw and Wellington Shires with a total value of $1,153,986.

The Fund is supporting community-led initiatives and projects that help make the region a great place to live and work.

For more information about the Community Facility Fund go to or call 1800 136 762.

Quotes Attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing:

“The Labor Government is working hard to secure every opportunity for communities across the Valley and Gippsland.”

“This funding will not only ensure vital improvements to the Sale Showgrounds, but will boost jobs and visitors to our great region.”

“Through the Community Facility Fund, we are investing in projects that ensure that the Valley and surrounds remain a great place to live, work and do business.”