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Works now completed on the Sheep Dog Arena revamp at Bassett Park

Works are now completed on the Bassett Park Sheep Dog Arena, in preparation for the Roma Show this weekend.

This project has seen the reconfiguration of the central holding yard to allow sheep dog trials to now take place in the northern yard (closest to the cattle stalls). The old boundary fence and area used to store the stock was also upgraded as part of the project. 

Councillor Cameron O’Neil, Portfolio Chair for Facilities and Bassett Park Advisory Committee Chair said that Council had worked closely with a number of Bassett Park users to identify these improvements to the southern end of Bassett Park following the completion of the Netball Precinct.

“The upgraded Sheep Dog Arena will significantly improve the running of sheep dog trials and upgrade of the existing facilities. It will also provide new opportunities for competitors to camp and utilise the area in and around the southern yards,” Cr O’Neil said.

David Kirkbride, Chief Steward of the Roma Show Sheep Dog Trials said this Sheep Dog Arena is exceptional for the Roma Sheep Dog Association and without this we probably wouldn’t have been able to go ahead with the sheep dog trials at this year’s show.

“The arena has allowed us to keep on trialling. We are a very big organisation and get around 150 dogs competing at the Roma Show,” Mr Kirkbride said.

“This setup in Roma would have to be one of the best setups I’ve been to in Queensland. It’s really good to see that Council has gotten behind this and provided for us.”

Council would like to thank those who have provided valuable input in the early stages and throughout the construction of project.

The Sheep Dog Trials will again feature over the weekend of the Roma Show, commencing from 6.30am Thursday, 9 May 2019. 

For more information on the project, please contact Council on 1300 007 662.