Tanunda event venue upgrade begins

UPGRADE: Paul Brown, BG Building Group; Michael Hannay, BG Building Group; Paula Menzel, Tanunda Show Society; John Angas, Deputy Mayor; Ian Graetz, Tanunda Recreation Park Committee; David Haebich, Elected Member. Photo: Supplied
UPGRADE: Paul Brown, BG Building Group; Michael Hannay, BG Building Group; Paula Menzel, Tanunda Show Society; John Angas, Deputy Mayor; Ian Graetz, Tanunda Recreation Park Committee; David Haebich, Elected Member. Photo: Supplied

Construction has begun on much needed and long awaited upgrades to the Tanunda Show Hall that council says will transform it into a premier events venue.

The $1.5m redevelopment will replace and upgrade an ageing roof, stage, poultry shed, kitchen and toilets.

The upgrade will also include the addition of new storage, new meeting rooms and a shelter for viewing tennis and netball.

Already, the hall is the largest regional venue for undercover community events and this upgrade seeks to increase the venue's capacity beyond 1200 people.

Tanunda Show Society president Paula Menzel said that, while they had initially approached the project with apprehension, the new storage and meeting space will benefit the Tanunda Show.

"We're excited that there has been money put into a facility that gets used by quite a lot of groups and we think it's a great thing," she said.

"We should be utilising the space better and having better facilities there.

"It will be good to have a more user-friendly facility for more groups."

The project is expected to be complete early in 2020, in time for next year's Tanunda Show.

"We trust that there might be a few nervous last weeks in the lead up to the show but we're confident that we'll be able to work with it and it will be what it is," Ms Menzel said.

Barossa Council Deputy Mayor John Angas said the upgraded venue would reinforce the Barossa's reputation as an "events destination" and attract more high-calibre events to the region.

"The Barossa is already well-known for large-scale music events like the Melodienacht and Kaffee Abend," he said.

"We're confident improved facilities will be a drawcard for contemporary new events and artists, as well as those we know and love.

"Commercial grade kitchen facilities are also important for food and wine events, community fundraisers and festivals such as the Barossa Vintage Festival.

"Importantly, we'll be keeping the traditional integrity of the building intact, including the stage and the shell-grit floor that's unique to the Barossa."

Paul Brown from BGI Building Group, which was awarded the tender, said the project would be predominantly built using locals from start to finish.

"We are really lucky to have excellent tradespeople working for us and approximately 90 per cent of the contractors used on the project will be Barossa locals," Mr Brown said. "Keeping it local is a very important part of our business."