Something to celebrate

CUTTING THE RIBBON ON THE NEW LAMB AND POTATO PAVILION: Deborah Little, Cr Todd Redwood, Vicki Bell, Geoff Reeves, Bertha Reeves, Adam Marsahll MP, L & P Secretary Julie Gittoes, L & P President Cr Steve Mepham, Ian Russell and Betty Sheelah
01st Feb 2022

Despite the cancellation of the iconic Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival for a second year, the event’s committee has still had something to celebrate in 2022, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall last week joining President Steve Mepham to officially open the new $130,000 all-weather pavilion.
The Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival committee received a State Government Community Building Partnership grant for the building in 2019. Located behind the Big Lamb on the New England Highway, the committee has successfully delivered a diverse dining and performance space in the shape of an impressive 10 metre by 18 metre shed with lockable roller doors.
There is room for a stage and seating for 60 ensuring visitors to the festival are able to take in all the sights and sounds of the event, even in inclement weather.  
Mr Marshall said while it’s disappointing this year’s festival was cancelled, the passion of the committee and the new building would ensure it was back bigger and better in 2023.
“With this building complete, literally the only thing that can stop the Lamb and Potato Festival now is a pandemic,” Mr Marshall said.
“Despite a number of planning set-backs and COVID-19 hold-ups, Steve and his committee have persevered in getting this project delivered – I congratulate them for that.
Committee President Steve Mepham said now more than ever the building was important in ensuring the financial viability of future festivals.
“With two consecutive cancellations due to COVID-19 the committee is conscious of making every dollar count as we look towards 2023,” Mr Mepham said.
“We are incredibly proud of this facility which offers patrons a comfortable space to enjoy entertainment out of the sun or rain and will also slash $6,000 in marquee hire costs off our bill each year.
“Instead we will be able to put that money towards other improvements to our facilities, with planning underway on upgrading our old kitchen. This all-weather shed is a really important community asset.
“I want to thank Adam for his congoing support of the festival and we look forward to it resuming next year and attracting people to our great little town.”

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