Council has committed to developing forward-thinking masterplans, a direct action from the Western Downs Showgrounds Strategy 2023-2038.

The master plans aspire to:

  • Guide future capital development of showgrounds assets
  • Maximise community benefits in a way that aligns with appropriate standards of service
  • Ensure the changing needs of residents and visitors are acknowledged and reflected

To ensure we accurately meet our current and future needs, Council will collaborate with our showgrounds users and the community to understand priorities and gather feedback, and ultimately shape a way forward.

In April 2024, key stakeholder consultation was conducted, and the project team met with 51 people from 14 local showgrounds user groups in Dalby and Tara to discuss opportunities for the Dalby Showgrounds Precinct and Tara Showgrounds. In addition to in-person meetings with our experienced consultants, the stakeholders were also invited to copmplete a survey.

Broader community consultation will take place later in the year.

As a result, Council will produce master plans that ensure our showgrounds continue their pivotal role in the community as spaces that support recreational, sporting, and community opportunities to become thriving hubs of community and commercial activity.

Watch this space!