Checking out progress on the Southern Field Days Event
Centre are (from left) committee chairman Mark Dillon and
committee members Stan MacGibbon and Justine Dillon. The
multipurpose event centre is expected to be completed by
Christmas. Photo by Yvonne O'Hara.
The 0.5ha-sized Southern Field Days Event Centre being
constructed at the Waimumu site is expected to be completed by
Christmas, project co-ordinator and SFD committee member Stan
The foundations were laid early last month and the
contractors were working seven days a week to complete the
building, he said.
Mr MacGibbon said the multipurpose 100m-by-50m (.5ha)
clear-span building would hold up to 6000 people and during
the field days could house 180 small stallholders, up from
the 120 that were usually housed in hired marquees.
Invercargill's stadium is licensed for 5000 people. The event
centre would be a significant asset for Gore and would be
available for hire after the field days next year, Mr
MacGibbon said. ''We used to hire big marquees but their
availability is not that great.''
The saving made by not hiring the marquees was close to
covering the interest on the $1.5 million construction cost.
''We have not worked out payback yet,'' Mr MacGibbon said.
Chairman Mark Dillon said the project was initially budgeted
for $1.5 million, but the final cost was likely to be less
than that as the committee decided to install a heat
detection system rather than the planned sprinkler system,
which would have required ongoing maintenance and compliance
A one million-litre storage pond had to be included in the
plans, for firefighting use.
The centre would have a gravel floor, which would make it
more user-friendly for agricultural, livestock and industry
events, and temporary flooring could be laid for other
It would have wide laneways for easy access, and each stall
site would have power.
The event centre is being built by Chris Broadhead
Construction Timaru and project-managed by Stacey Hansen.
Southern Field Days will run from February 12 to 14.