Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters visited the Prince of Wales Showgrounds on Wednesday to throw her support behind upgrades needed to the facility.

The Bendigo Agricultural Show Society is seeking $933,208 in government funding to complete infrastructure works around the perimeter of the facility.

The proposed work includes improving access for pedestrians and vehicles, landscaping and surface drainage upgrades.

Ms Chesters met with Bendigo Agricultural Show Society executive officer Ian Furze to learn about the society’s upgrade plans and lobby for federal budget funding for the project.

“It’s one of those projects that’s sat off to the side. I think it’s about time we make this a priority and lobby for some federal government funding for this project,” Ms Chesters said.

Mr Furze is keen for the venue to increase its usage and become a higher standard facility.

“Our vision is to become one of the biggest and best exhibition venues and maintain our status as a world-class regional exhibition and events centre complex,” Mr Furze said.

The Prince of Wales Showgrounds opened in 1968 and hosts 49 community Sunday markets each year, as well as major events including the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, the Bendigo Agricultural Show and the Groovin the Moo music festival.