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‘Show’ of Support for Agricultural Field Days

The Federal Government has announced a $2.7 million boost for agricultural field days. This is to ensure they can continue to showcase our regions innovation in agriculture after the pandemic.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said this announcement is in addition to the $36.3 million previously announced to support agricultural show societies.

“Field days like Primex generate hundreds of jobs and inject millions into our local economy,” Mr Hogan said.

“The initiative is part of our Government’s $1 billion COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund, which is supporting regions, communities and industry sectors severely affected by the pandemic.”

“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.”

“Our agricultural field days are uniquely Australian and provide huge economic spin-offs for the town hosting them, as well as opportunities for the businesses and services who exhibit.”

“They are truly local events, with local sport clubs, men’s sheds and emergency services often providing services such as set-up and car parking.”

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.

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.

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