Stadium construction won't stop 2019 Show

Photos: Jesinta Burton.
Photos: Jesinta Burton.

The Esperance and Districts Agricultural Show committee has confirmed this year's show will go ahead and will include some of the best entertainment Esperance has ever seen.

Show committee president Graham Cooper said since works officially began on the new stadium, the committee was receiving regular inquiries on whether the 2019 show was still confirmed.

"The answer to that is yes," Mr Cooper said.

"We are moving forward with a new plan. It's going to be cozy, but the hockey field will be full."

Mr Cooper said some adjustments were being made, with a tighter squeeze on the hockey field.

"The only one we had to say no to is the rodeo," he said.

"We have had a lot of people requesting sites, but they have to please understand, that they might not get the exact same site as they had last year.

"There will be a few little hiccups, but we're working with the builders and they're working with us.

"We are having some of the best amusement and family entertainment that's been seen in Esperance."

Mr Cooper encouraged the community to have a problem-solving attitude to the construction of the new stadium as it will be great for the show in the longterm.

Mr Cooper said the show committee were lobbying for the old stadium to stay in place.

"We are absolutely requesting the old pavilion stay for many years to come," Mr Cooper said.

He said having both the old and new stadium in place would spare the committee the cost of renting a $26,000 marquee.

Council are yet to make a decision on the future of the old stadium and are continuing to consult with user groups.

Options under consideration include maintaining the status quo, doing remedial works on the old stadium and demolishing the old stadium and using the space for outdoor courts.

The 2019 Show will be held this year on Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19.