A function was held at the Tenterfield Showground on November 19 to mark the retirement and farewell of some of the showground's land management members.
Showground Land Managers Bruce Petrie, Julie and Greg Pinfold have retired while caretaker for the past two years Bridget Ono, was farewelled as she returns to her home in Picton, NSW.
Bruce had been a member of the Showground Land Managers for 35 years.
Julie and Greg served as caretakers for five years and then 10 years as members of the Land Management Team.
The volunteers are responsible for the day-to-day running of the showground which is owned by the Department of Lands.
Retiring chairman Mr Petrie expressed his appreciation to all of the showground management team with special mention to honorary secretary Kasey Petty and retiring caretaker Ms Ono.
"Without an efficient secretary and caretaker to manage many varied operations of the Showground there would be no funds from the valuable source of income from the licenced 25 site caravan and camping area," he said.
Mr Petrie noted that over the past 18 months the position of caretaker has been a very difficult task with COVID-19 regulations put in place including the Queensland border closure.
He wished the retiring members all the best with their future endeavors.
Mr Petrie said Tenterfield Showground, which was gazetted in November 1878, remains a valuable precinct in the Tenterfield community.
Tenterfield Showground is used by many community groups and for camping for caravan travellers beside the beautiful Tenterfield Creek.
He said in the past 23 months over $435,000 was expended for major projects on the grounds.
Grant funding made up a certain percentage of the funding as well as the operation of the caravan and camping area.
The projects included a new floor in the Reid Pavillions, a new ring fence, new rodeo chutes and a set of 16 stables with a 25,000 litre rainwater tank attached.
If you're interested in camping at the showground call into the caretakers cottage (62 Miles Street) or call 0499 885 386. All campers to report to the caretaker before entering the camp ground.
A new Land Management Board has been appointed with Mr Jamie O'Neill as chairman and Kasey Petty as honorary secretary.
Mr Petrie welcomed a younger generation of Land Managers and wished them well.
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