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Major boost for local shows and field days

Major boost for local shows and field days

Shows and field days in the Central West cancelled because of COVID-19 are about to get a slice of $34 million Australian Government funding to help ensure they can bounce back next year.

Federal Member for Calare, and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, Andrew Gee said the first payments under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program will roll out before Christmas.

“I am really pleased to see that fourteen of our fantastic local agricultural shows and field days have received funding under the Support Agricultural Shows and Field Days program – this vital funding could not have come sooner,” Mr Gee said.

“Ag shows and field days are an integral part of the fabric of country Australia and the year 2020 hasn’t been the same without them.

“Agricultural shows are the heart and soul of our regions. They bring our farmers together, and they bring town and country together, while also putting tourism dollars into the pockets of local businesses and the broader community.

“Interest in country Australia has been dramatically increasing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. People no longer want to live or holiday in crowded cities, they want to visit the regions and learn about where their food and fibre comes from.

“That’s where our local agricultural shows come to the fore. They showcase agricultural excellence and the best of country life. They are an important part of our national identity.

“From farmers, school kids and home cooking experts, to local ag businesses, volunteer groups and emergency services personnel—everyone loves their local show.

“The Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program will help ensure that our agricultural shows can continue to showcase the best produce that country Australia has to offer now and into the future.

“With some states already giving the go-ahead to shows next year – now is the time to start planning your next trip to country Australia and support our local shows.”

Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days grant recipients in Calare include:

 

Agricultural Show or Field Day

Grant Awarded

Manildra Show

$1,431.85

Australian National Field Days Orange

$70,000.00

Yeoval Show

$10,000.00

Wellington Show

$9,269.47

Carcoar Show

$2,994.85

Bathurst Show

$70,000.00

Molong Show

$8,264.31

Orange Show

$15,000.00

Cumnock Show

$9,746.38

Lithgow Show

$15,000.00

Trunkey Creek Show

$788.01

Cudal Show

$13,321.85

Mudgee Small Farm Field Days

$70,000.00

Canowindra Show

$15,000.00

Background

  • Agricultural shows and field days contribute more than $1 billion to the economy each year but rely largely on financial assistance from supporters and attendees.
  • There are 580 agricultural shows nationwide, which attract six million visitors and are serviced by 50,000 volunteers.
  • The Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program funding is being provided under the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund for regions, communities and industry sectors disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
  • Successful applicants are eligible to claim reimbursements on 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 program is part of a broader $60 million agricultural support package that includes the $20 million Regional Agricultural Shows Development program.