Temperatures could be more than 10°C cooler at International Dairy Week next year thanks to the installation of eight state-of-the-art fans at its host venue, Tatura Park’s indoor arena.
Greater Shepparton City Council sustainable development acting director Geraldine Christou said the $100000 installation in September was part of an ongoing capital investment program to retain major leading events at the equestrian centre.
‘‘This obviously adds to the facility and was done in partnership with International Dairy Week, which attracts $2million worth of economic activity to the region each year,’’ Ms Christou said.
‘‘Up to 7500 people visit the event held in January, obviously a very warm time in the year, and the upgrade will make it more comfortable.
‘‘It’s a health and safety issue too with extremes of heat temperatures we have to look after our patrons, exhibitors and animals.
‘‘It will also benefit other users such as state and national equestrian events.’’
International Dairy Week director Brian Leslie said he was absolutely delighted and amazed and could not wait for the fans to be in action.
‘‘We battle with the heat in January and have been trying to provide the best level of comfort in the showring as possible,’’ Mr Leslie said.
‘‘Without a doubt these fans will greatly improve the comfort for all in and around the ring.’’
The cooling system features technology from VES Environmental Solutions, whose website claims it can drop ambient temperature by up to 10°C.
Tatura Park hosts 50 state, national and international events every year, attracting 20000 visitors annually and bringing $7.9million in economic activity to the region.