Not just a successful show, but a safer show


Judging by the crowds, this year’s Bass Coast Agricultural Show was the one of biggest and best yet, and thanks to some much needed electrical safety upgrades carried out by Bass Coast Shire Council, it was also the safest.

In the busy time leading up to this year’s show, members of the Bass Coast Agricultural Show Society worked closely with Council’s Infrastructure Planning Officers and local electrical contract, Alan Holford, to plan and design the layout for new in-ground electrical bollards.

The bollards and additional electrical safety boards have been strategically placed throughout the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve to provide safe access to the many exhibits and amusements that were at this year’s show.

The new infrastructure minimises the need to run power leads across long distances from remote power boards to locations needed.

Agricultural shows and carnivals have historically presented a considerable number of hazards for operators and the general public, particularly in the way in which temporary power is distributed using temporary power leads.

Society President, Wayne Loughnan, was delighted with the support shown by Council to ensure a safe show environment.

“Risks of injury to employees, members of the public and other persons in attendance at the show is always front and centre of our concerns when planning this annual event.

Installation of the new power bollard just allows us to manage the risk so much better to ensure all show attendees, workers, volunteers, and the general public is a safe from electrical hazards as we can make it,” Mr Loughnan said.

“The local Agricultural Society will also seek state body funding under the annual safety grants program to continue this excellent initiative of Council to install additional bollards before next season show.”

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale said Council was pleased to be able to work with the Agricultural Show Society to achieve this import public safety initiative.

“Other than being a much needed safety upgrade, the outcome was a great example of Council working with local volunteers to achieve great community outcomes,” Cr Crugnale said.

“These works are also an acknowledgement of appreciation from Council for the excellent work done by the all involved in the local Agricultural Show Society.”

The cost of the works was around $20,000 and was funded as part of Council’s Building Renewal program.

The power bollards will be available to support the safe operations of any community events held at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve, including the Wonthaggi Power Show’n’Shine, the Human Powered Vehicle Grand Prix and the many regional sporting events that take place throughout the year.