There are 169 showgrounds on Crown land in NSW which accounts for 80% of all showgrounds in NSW. Out of the showgrounds on Crown land, 45% are managed by volunteer reserve trust boards, 45% by local councils and 10% by show societies or the department.
Some are joint showground and racecourses and all are important for local and regional communities and economies.
Collectively the showgrounds portfolio is worth some $400 million (land and buildings) and it is estimated that over 50 different types of community activities take place at showgrounds.
A pilot condition assessment for a small sample of sites found that overall the trusts were maintaining their sites in fair condition, but that the infrastructure is aging and it is timely to consider the purpose and function of buildings and sites that have reached the end of their useful life.