Thumbs down to Tamworth Regional Council.
What a disgrace to see the “cocky’s fence”, even down to a barbwire on top, that has been built along the River St side of the Manilla Showground.
I believe a grant was applied for and not all dollars were forthcoming. Does management and planners for our Tamworth Regional Council believe we residents of Manilla would like this fence?
The comment was made at a recent meeting “that the Showground Users Group were asked”.
They were not!
All groups that I have contacted say they were under the impression that an eight foot cyclone fence was to be erected; at least that would be better and safer.
Has anyone seen a horse stabbed in the stomach by a star picket post (with no cap)? I have and the horse had to be put down.
Sadly when the Manilla Shire Council erected the Colorbond fence it was not done the best way possible and in recent years this has meant some panels have blown down.
How dangerous for horse riders if the horse is travelling at pace and doesn’t see the fence?
We have some very important events to happen very shortly at the showground:
* The 80th Manilla Show – hosted by the Manilla ShowSociety;
* The Manilla Vintage Machinery weekend in early June;
* The start of the Manilla Tigers Football season; and
* The Manilla Pony Club and the MESA group of horse riders.
I am assuming Tamworth Regional Council will still want their full hire fees for the use by these groups of our Manilla Showground, but residents are commenting they we can just get through this fence and not have to pay.
Nothing happens very fast when done by management of Tamworth Regional Council, especially in the smaller towns outside Tamworth, so it seems we should get used to this.
We will have to wait for more funding!
What a terrible shame to see our lovely showground downgraded to a paddock.
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