Shows and field days in Mallee that were 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.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and Member for Mallee Anne Webster MP, said the first payments under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program will roll out before Christmas.
“Two months ago I launched this package to reimburse eligible costs for shows and field days who had to cancel because of COVID-19,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Today I am pleased to announce that 378 shows and field days—including 16 in Mallee – have been approved for funding to help ease cash-flow pressures.
“The Government is keen to ensure show societies and field day organisers are in the best shape possible to continue in 2021. These events bring our families and farmers together, build community spirit and help bridge the divide between country and city.”
Anne Webster said shows and field days were uniquely Australian and provide huge economic spin-offs for local communities as well as opportunities for the businesses and services who exhibit.
“They also help to keep maintain our farmers’ competitive edge by providing an outlet for new ideas, new technologies and new ways of working to be shared.
“I am very pleased that 16 shows and field days across Mallee are able to access this funding to help get them through this tough period and out the other side in a sound position to host again in 2021,” Dr Webster said.
“These include, Mildura Field Days, Charlton Show, Edenhope Show, Murtoa Show, Nhill Show, Natimuk Show, Warracknabeal Show, Cohuna Show, Swan Hill Show, Donald Show, St Arnaud Show, Kaniva Show, Kerang Show, Mildura Show, Horsham Show and the Dimboola Show
“Next year is looking so much brighter and I know this support will be fantastic boost for our volunteers, families and school kids.”
Chair of Agricultural Shows Australia Dr Rob Wilson said show societies forced to cancel in 2020 were positive about hosting again next year.
“This Australian Government support has helped provide certainty and a renewed sense of optimism ahead of 2021 after a difficult year for everyone, especially our 50,000 volunteers,” Dr Wilson said.
“With some states already giving the go-ahead to shows next year, subject to COVID conditions being met, this funding will ensure hundreds of societies can start planning now.”
Secretary of the Association of Agricultural Field Days of Australasia Wendy Franklin welcomed the fast turnaround of applicants’ approvals.
“Getting this money out the door is going to be a fantastic Christmas present for many of our event organisers,” Mrs Franklin said.
“Even if it’s to help cover costs such as rates, insurance and telecommunications, this support will go a long way towards ensuring next year we can bounce back bigger and better.”
For more information click onto the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program webpage here.
|Mildura Field Days Incorporated
(Mildura Field Days)
|Charlton Agricultural and Pastoral Society Inc.
|Edenhope P. & A. Society Inc.
|Murtoa Agricultural and Pastoral Society Inc
|Nhill Agricultural and Pastoral Society Inc.
|Natimuk Agricultural & Pastoral Society Inc.
|Warracknabeal Agricultural and Pastoral Society Inc.
|Cohuna and District Agricultural, Pastoral and Horticultural Society Inc
|Swan Hill District Agricultural & Pastoral Society Inc.
(Swan Hill Show)
|Donald District Pastoral and Agricultural Society Inc.
|The St.Arnaud Agricultural Society Inc
(St Arnaud Show )
|The Kaniva Agricultural and Pastoral Society Inc.
|Kerang District Agricultural Society Inc.
|Mildura Show Society Inc.
(Mildura Show )
|Horsham Agricultural Society Inc.
|The Dimboola Agricultural and Pastoral Society Inc.