And now it’s on with the show!

Ward Oval project manager for David Payne Construction Harry Denham with Cobar Show Society president Caden Mackay and committee member Simonne Mackay and Cobar Shire Council general manager Peter Vlatko having a look through the kitchen in the new multi purpose hall at Ward Oval on Monday.

Cobar Shire Council’s new multipurpose hall at Ward Oval is expected to be finished in time for the 2024 Cobar Show next week.

The multipurpose hall, which includes a new kitchen, canteen, bar, toilets, dining area and stage, is expected to be completed in time for use by the Cobar Show Society committee for this year’s agricultural show.

Other parts of the Ward Oval complex are however still a construction site as work continues on the Early Learning Centre.

The hall was supposed to have been completed earlier this year however the contractor, David Payne Construction, advised Council that weather and material delays have resulted in a time run over.

This week the contractor has a construction crew putting the final touches on the multipurpose building along with another crew who are cleaning up around the site.

Council’s general manager Peter Vlatko and members of the Cobar Show Society did a site walk through on Monday with the project manager Harry Denham.

“All the certifications are being done this week and next week so it’s ready to go,” Mr Vlatko advised.

He said Council’s Parks & Gardens staff will also be working hard over the next week to have the facility looking the best it can.

“It’s all going to be levelled out and cleaned up as best we can but the landscaping won’t be done prior to the show,” he said.

Cobar Show Society president Caden Mackay said it was good to be able to get in and have a look at the new facilities which he described as “very impressive”.

“We’re excited … and nervous,” he said.

Mr Mackay said they will need to create a new layout to accommodate all the stalls, rides and the Show Guild’s members caravans to ensure they will fit in the area they have available. He said they also have a few logistics problems with regards to access for larger vehicles.

They are currently working with Council to find solutions.