QUESTION AND ANSWERS

Is the showground community land and public property?

Dapto showground is one of the few remaining freehold (privately held) showgrounds in New South Wales, owned and operated by Dapto A&H Society Ltd.

The showground is not state, public or crown land.

Land ownership history is recorded at the New South Wales Land Registry.

 

Was the showground land donated?

Mr Patrick Hill Osborne donated 10 acres to provide a permanent home for the Dapto A&H Society in the late 1800’s, close to the growing town centre. The first Dapto Show was held on 28 January 1857 at Brown’s Flour Mill in Brownville.

In subsequent years, Dapto A&H Society acquired an additional six parcels of land adjoining the site to attain its current footprint of approximately 22 acres.

The land was held on trust until it was dissolved on 17 March 1993 to be held on freehold tenure.

Dapto is one of the few remaining freehold (privately held) showgrounds in New South Wales.

McDonalds and the Ribbonwood Centre reside on the land on a leasehold arrangement.

Land ownership is recorded at the New South Wales Land Registry.

 

Is Dapto A&H Society a lawful business?

Dapto A&H Society Ltd is a legitimate business that has been operating since 1857. It is a not-for-profit organisation registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

ASIC regulates compliance with the financial reporting and auditing requirements for entities subject to the Corporations Act 2001. Due to this, the financial statements of Dapto A&H Society are audited annually.

 

What is a company limited by guarantee?

A company limited by guarantee is a common company structure used for not-for-profit and charitable organisations in Australia that reinvest any surplus (profit) towards the organisation's purposes. Recreational (sports and bowling clubs), cultural and charitable organisations commonly use this type of corporate structure.

A company limited by guarantee does not allow payment of profits to members, or the payment of salaries or fees to its directors. It requires any surplus assets on winding up to be transferred to a like-minded not-for-profit organisation or charity.

 

Is Dapto A&H Society primarily focused on profits?

Dapto A&H Society’s mission is to enrich our community, and vision is to provide a dynamic community space which facilitates social belonging and engagement.

 

Dapto A&H Society is responsible for all costs and liabilities associated with operating the showground i.e., repairs and maintenance, insurances, rates, utilities, equipment etc. The Society must therefore generate enough income to cover its costs and to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the company.

As a company limited by guarantee and non- profit organisation any surplus (profit) must be reinvested towards the organisation's purposes.

 

Is Dapto A&H Society planning to sell off the land or redevelop it?

Dapto A&H Society’s constitution does not permit the land to be sold.

The purpose of the draft future vision for the Groundz, is to diversity and better utilise the site to ensure its long-term viability and increase community use and participation.

 

The majority of the showground site is zoned RE2 Private Recreation which enables:

  • the land to be used for private open space or recreational purposes;

  • to provide a range of recreational settings and activities and compatible land uses;

  • to protect and enhance the natural environment for recreational purposes.

 

The vision allows the Society to grow alongside the changing needs of Dapto and better deliver to the growing population.

 

Is Dapto A&H Society going to get rid of the annual Dapto Show?

Over the past 165 years, the annual Dapto Show, despite a few cancellations due to weather, insurance issues and the pandemic, has consistently been held.

 

The annual show is an integral part of Dapto A&H Society’s history and will continue to be held at the Groundz.

 

Why isn’t the showground able to be used by the community for free?

As a freehold showground, Dapto A&H Society is responsible for all costs and liabilities associated with operating the showground site i.e., repairs and maintenance, insurances, rates, utilities, equipment etc.

There are many stakeholders that utilise the grounds for charity and non-profit purposes for little or no cost. To continue with this practice Dapto A&H Society must be able to cover its costs through its other operations i.e., commercial (paying) activities.

As a non- profit organisation ensuring the ongoing sustainability of the company is the sole responsibility of Dapto A&H Society.

What is the future of greyhound racing at Dapto?

Dapto A&H Society operated greyhound racing for over eighty years and is proud of its contribution to the industry.

Dapto Dogs became an Australian Thursday night institution, famous around the world, recognised both nationally and internationally. No other greyhound club in Australia has been able to build a brand of such legendary proportion.

Greyhound Racing NSW has a licence agreement with Dapto A&H Society for racing operations to continue until 30 June 2025.

We understand that GRNSW is in the process of planning a new site for the continuation of racing at the conclusion of the extended term. We congratulate GRNSW on this development and will provide our assistance to ensure a smooth transition for greyhound racing at that time.

 

Is Dapto A&H Society getting rid of all its current users and stakeholders to make way for its redevelopment plans?

 

No, the draft future vision focuses on diversifying the use of the site to ensure its long-term viability and increase community use and participation, not reduce it.

 

Dapto’s population is growing rapidly, and the needs of the community are changing. The draft future vision assists to meet the needs of the growing township.

 

Current tenants, stakeholders, and clubs will be included in future planning discussions and given the opportunity to form part of the revamped site.

Who are the Members and Directors of Dapto A&H Society?

Volunteers have been integral throughout Dapto A&H Society’s history and constitute the majority of membership. Members of the Society are people that actively support the objects of the constitution and are willing to provide time and expertise to achieve the mission and vision of the company.

The board is appointed annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) by the members. The board is also able to appoint a further two independents. Any changes to the Directorship of the company are recorded with ASIC.

Please refer to the “company structure & membership” page for more information.

 

Is the showground being used for its intended purpose?

The first Dapto Show was held on 28 January 1857 at Brown’s Flour Mill in Brownville. In the late 1800’s, Mr Patrick Hill Osborne donated 10 acres to provide a permanent home for the Dapto A&H Society close to the town centre for the purpose of conducting an annual show.

Over subsequent years the Dapto A&H Society acquired an additional six parcels of land adjoining the site to attain its current footprint of approximately 22 acres.

Dapto A&H Society has delivered numerous activities for the benefit of the community, far surpassing the original purpose of the Society which was to hold an annual show.

The annual show is an integral part of Dapto A&H Society’s history and will continue to be held at the Groundz.

 

Is the Tap House part of the future vision?

Yes, in December of 2021, following two difficult years, and delays in the future planning activities, the Society re-purposed an area of the site to launch the Tap House.

The Tap House has two old sheds that have been lovingly re-purposed into functions spaces and a large awning adjoining a vast green space with outdoor stage. The hospitality precinct provides a family and pet friendly destination for live music, functions, and general enjoyment.

The area encapsulates the future vision and is inspired by various landmark projects and directly ties into the rich agricultural heritage of the site.