28 August, 2020
The Australian Government has today announced a $2.7 million boost for agricultural field days to ensure they can continue to showcase innovation and support regional communities after the pandemic.
Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, Andrew Gee welcomed the $2.7 million announcement, which is in addition to the $36.3 million previously announced to support agricultural show societies.
“I’ve been fighting hard to get the agricultural field days included in COVID-relief measures. We’ve already got ag shows sorted and it’s only right that we extend relief funding to these crucial country institutions,” said Mr Gee.
“Both the Australian National Field Days at Borenore and the Mudgee Small Farm Field Days were cancelled this year.
“My concerns were that without support, our field days may have found it difficult to re-start.
“Our field days play a vitally important role in supporting agriculture and our farmers. They also provide an enormous economic boost to our region, drawing people from all over Australia.
“This funding supports not only the larger agricultural field days but also the smaller regional ones which play a tremendous role in supporting on-farm innovation, productivity and profitability.
“Field days provide income to local contractors of more than $1.8 million across Australia and contribute more than $100 million to the national economy.
“They are part of the fabric of our region and our nation and this funding will help make sure they will continue to be so after we emerge from COVID-19,” said Mr Gee.
Eligibility for the funding:
The Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program will provide a one-off reimbursement to agricultural show societies and agricultural field day organisers impacted by COVID-19.
- All agricultural shows and field days that have cancelled their event in 2020 because of COVID-19 will be eligible and they will not have to compete for assistance.
- Field days could be eligible to claim reimbursement costs including bank fees, utilities, rates, insurance, fire alarms and equipment, cleaning supplies, telecommunications, IT system licensing costs, website costs, state/national show body affiliation fees and rent.
The Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program funding complements the Australian Government’s existing $20 million Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program and will be provided under the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund.
An additional $100,000 one-off grant will be provided to the Association of Agricultural Field Days Australasia to support its annual conference scheduled for 30 April 2021 to 2 May 2021 and provide training and assistance for members on recovery management planning.
For more information, visit www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/infrastructure/supporting-ag-shows
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