Showground hit hard by Cyclone Debbie

19th April 2017 8:39 AM
DEVASTATION: Treasurer of the Proserpine Show Society Helen Wright with vice president Kevin Krog and president Donna Rogers in front of the ruined show pavilion yesterday. DEVASTATION: Treasurer of the Proserpine Show Society Helen Wright with vice president Kevin Krog and president Donna Rogers in front of the ruined show pavilion yesterday. Peter Carruthers

THE Proserpine Show will not go ahead this year unless funding becomes available, is the message being conveyed by show society members in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.

The showground bore the full brunt of the storm's ferocity and is currently looking like a disaster area.

Power lines are down and the oldest building on the site, the arts and crafts pavilion, has been ripped to shreds.

Show society president Donna Rogers felt confident community volunteers would step up to pitch in, but right now what is needed is money to enable the repair of the power lines.

 

The Proserpine Showground pavilion building post Cyclone Debbie.
HIT HARD: The Proserpine Showground Arts and Crafts Pavilion building post cyclone Debbie. Peter Carruthers

If support is not shown, the 105th running of Show Whitsunday in 2017 may not go ahead.

"Without the main pavilion we could survive this year, however no electricity means no show in 2017," she said.

"As the major annual community event, not to mention the oldest, and with it being the 105th anniversary, it will be very disappointing for the region if we are unable to make it happen."

Ms Rogers is hoping to secure support and funding from the Whitsunday Regional Council, and state and federal governments to ensure this valued regional icon can be bought back to life in time for the show toward the end of June.

Talks between the show society will begin in the coming days.

 

The roof of the ticket booth will need replacing.
The roof of the ticket booth will need replacing.

The next step will be a working bee in which the community will be asked to roll up their sleeves and lend a hand.

Ms Rogers has been the show society president for four years but her association with the show has endured for most of her life.

"Going to the Prossie Show is the social event of the year as far as meeting new friends and seeing people you haven't seen in a while," she said.

"It's something that brings grandparents and their children and grand children together.

 

The Proserpine Showgrounds after Cyclone Debbie.
The Proserpine Showgrounds after Cyclone Debbie.

"That is why, for us, it is so important to get the showground ship-shape before Show Whitsunday in June."

Future events run by equestrian groups are also in doubt until the showgrounds are back online.

To get involved with the community working bee keep an eye the Show Whitsunday Facebook page.

 

The Proserpine Showground pavilion building post Cyclone Debbie.
The Proserpine Showground pavilion building post Cyclone Debbie. Peter Carruthers