Community shed proposed for Keith Showgrounds

The Keith & Tintinara District Show Society is preparing to build a new steel shed at the Keith Showgrounds.

During the construction, the new and improved shed will replace two existing sheds which are "non-viable for repair".

With the project set to be costly, the show society has applied for a $10,000 community grant from the Tatiara District Council to assist with the shed build.

If the money was to be provided, it would be used to demolish the current infrastructure and prepare the site, and help pay for the steel shed construction and electrical work.

Keith & Tintinara District Show Society member Dean Coddington said the new steel shed would compliment and accommodate the showgrounds' current facilities, along with being situated in a more suitable location.

He also said the new steel shed structure would benefit four community groups, allowing an allocation of an individual space for each group.

"There will be around 8-10 bays for the new shed. 2-3 bays are going to be given to the show society, one bay will go to the Camp Draft Society, two bays will go to the Apex club and two bays for the Pigeon club," Mr Coddington said.

"There will also be open bays allocated so we can house the cattle and the sheep for show day."

With a number of high attendance events held in Keith throughout the year, the new shed will also provide a covered area for attendees during during show days, camp drafts and cattle showing when weather is poor.

"With the shed set to be located near the camp draft arena, they will be able to set up their bar and lunch, whilst being under a shed. Before that, we relied on tents," Mr Coddington said.

"It will also be used during the Keith Diesel and Dirt where we attract up to 10,000 people on average, which is pretty big for the Tatiara district."

Mr Coddington mentioned the project would go a long way towards "revitalising" the facilities.

The timeframe for completing the new shed is still uncertain, with weather and other factors potentially pushing back the construction.

However, the show society hopes the shed will be completed after this year's Keith and Tintinara District Show on October 12.

Using the the council's 'Matrix Criteria', a criteria they use to assess all projects, the council proposed to put $8500 towards the shed.

However, Cr Robert Mock suggested it allocate the full $10,000 requested sum, due to the significance the shed would provide to the district. After a brief discussion, the council voted in favour of Cr Mock's amendment.