Packed to the rafters with show-goers in October or when the circus rolls into town during summer, Taree Showground has provided ample space for activities for decades.
As the threat of bush fires rage on in the warmer months, the Manning River Agricultural and Horticultural Society has decided to adapt the site for another important use.
At a meeting on Tuesday, September 10, the society unanimously supported a move to use the showground as a bush fire evacuation centre going forward.
Society committee member Jane Davis said the showground would be a suitable location in times of emergency.
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"We can cater for an emergency situation," Jane said.
"Having so many people in bush areas, the showground can be part of their (bush fire survival) plans.
"We never want it to happen but if it does, we have something in place."
If the need to house people is required, the showground would manage with its toilet and shower amenities.
There would be no issue for farmers or people on the land, with the stables and dog club able to provide room for cattle, horses and dogs.
The society can't do it alone. It has called on the community for donations, such as sleeping bags, to ensure the showground is fully equipped.
To donate items, call the Taree Showground caretaker on 65524056 or the society's Dayna Wilson on 0407401294.