Regional agricultural show societies across Australia will share in $20 million worth of grants to renew ageing showgrounds through the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program.
Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the grants would also serve as a much-needed cash injection in the wake of recent bushfires and the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Agricultural shows are a major drawcard for our regional towns, many of which have had to cancel events this year due to COVID-19,” Mr Littleproud said.
“These grants will help show societies refurbish their showgrounds and facilities, so that when their next event rolls around it will be even more attractive to show-goers.”
Euroa Agricultural Society president Neville Mawson said he planned to put a $121 551 grant towards building a multi-functional space.
“Receiving grants in the past has been a great asset to develop the showgrounds, which relies a lot on outdated infrastructure,” Mr Mawson said.
Mr Littleproud said agricultural shows were the heart and soul of regional communities, linking the country to the city and providing a boost to local economies.
“These events showcase the hard work and innovation that goes into producing Australia’s food and fibre,” he said.
“Upgrading show facilities means more visitors to these regional events, more local employment, and more tills ringing in local businesses.
“The grants will be used by the successful show societies for a range of infrastructure works, from small-scale upgrades to major overhauls and new builds that will benefit not only the show, but the community throughout the year and in emergency situations as was the case in the recent bushfires.
“The Australian Government wants to see our agricultural shows continue to thrive and be enjoyed for generations to come.”
For the list of recipients, visit: www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/infrastructure/ag-shows