Southport dog breeder Barry Meyers at Biggenden Show earlier this year.
Southport dog breeder Barry Meyers at Biggenden Show earlier this year. Alex Treacy

AgShows funding available to region's show societies

SHOW societies in the Flynn electorate are encouraged to apply for grants from the Federal Government to help fund infrastructure and attractions.

The Regional Agricultural Show Developments Grant (AgShows) is intended to help upgrade, maintain, buy, or build new facilities for agricultural shows.

Agriculture Minister, Senator Bridget McKenzie said applications were now open for the $20 million AgShows program.

"The government is delivering on an election commitment to boost regional agricultural shows,” Ms McKenzie said.

"Eligible local show societies and state and territory agricultural show peak bodies could receive grants of up to $500,000 under the AgShows program.

"Agricultural shows are part of our national identity and are thriving hubs of local industry, commerce, culture and community.

"Most of the 580 agricultural shows held annually in Australia are regionally based and they bring communities closer together, especially in times of drought and other hardships.”

Member for Flynn, Ken O'Dowd, is encouraging councils and showground owners to support the electorate's regional agricultural show societies in their applications for grants.

"The government's $20 million AgShows investment will reinvigorate showgrounds, helping to boost regional communities, increase local employment and purchases from local businesses,” Mr O'Dowd said.

"Grants could be used for repairs or upgrades of existing showground facilities such as outdoor seating, new infrastructure such as a grandstands, assets like portable sheep holding yards or attractions such as an agricultural virtual reality exhibit.

"AgShows is about ensuring our communities can continue staging their local shows, and other events such as pony clubs and farmers markets, for many years to come.”

Applications close on December 13 2019, and successful applicants are expected to be announced in the first half of 2020.

For more details and to apply, visit GrantConnect.


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