The Federal Government is spending $36 million to support agricultural show societies. Due to COVID-19, many shows have been cancelled.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the pandemic has hurt agricultural shows financially.
“Agricultural shows are part of the fabric of our community, showcasing everything positive about our communities and local industries,” Mr Hogan said.
“The Supporting Agricultural Shows program will provide a one-off reimbursement to agricultural show societies to deal with cash flow pressures.”
“There is a real risk that if we had not helped our small shows, all of which are run by volunteers, could fold.”
“Eligible local shows could receive a reimbursement of up to $70,000 under the new program.”
“This is to cover costs incurred in 2020 and the funds will be paid in 2021.”
“I encourage our local show societies to check their eligibility and apply when the grants open.”
The Supporting Agricultural Shows program also provides $100,000 to Agricultural Shows Australia (ASA) for its National Rural Ambassador competition in 2020 and 2021.
For more information on the Fund, visit www.regional.gov.au/regional/programs/covid-19-relief-and-recovery-fund.aspx.