• Mallee agricultural show societies has received $1,098,999 as part of the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program.
• The grants awarded by the Commonwealth Government will be used to renew show grounds and pavilions.
Agricultural shows in Mallee will receive $1,098,999 to renew and reinvigorate their show grounds, under the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program.
Member for Mallee, Anne Webster, said the grant would help make three shows across Mallee bigger and better than ever.
The Natimuk Agricultural Show received $499,000, the Horsham Show received $124,999 and the Cohuna Show received $475,000.
“The annual agricultural show is always a big event, and thanks to this grant our next one will be better than ever,” Dr Webster said.
“The grant will be used by the Horsham, Natimuk and Cohuna agricultural show societies for a range of infrastructure works, from small-scale upgrades to major overhauls and new builds that will benefit not only our show, but our community throughout the year and in emergency situations like we saw with the recent bushfires.
“I want to see our show continue to grow in size and popularity and bridge the divide between country and city.
Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, said the grants would benefit both agricultural show societies and regional communities.
“Agricultural shows are the heart and soul of our regional communities. They bring and keep communities together, bridge the divide between country and city and provide a key injection into the local economy,” Minister Littleproud said.
“These events showcase the hard work and innovation that goes into producing Australia’s food and fibre.
“Upgrading show facilities means more visitors to these regional events, more local employment, and more purchases for local businesses.
“I’m aware that many regional towns have had to cancel events this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
“These grants will help our show societies refurbish their show grounds and facilities, so that when their next event rolls around they will be even more attractive to show goers.
“The Australian Government wants to see our agricultural shows continue to thrive, so that they can be enjoyed by Australians for generations to come.”
For a full list of successful applicants visit: www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/infrastructure/ag-shows