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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Govt shovels $25m for return of Ag shows

The Australian Government has pledged $25 million to help agricultural shows and field days bounce back post-pandemic. 

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, David Littleproud said Round 2 of the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program would open soon and the Supporting Showmen and Women Program would be extended for an additional year.

“COVID-19 has forced more than 700 agricultural shows and field days to cancel since the pandemic began,” Minister Littleproud said.

“As a result, our show societies and field day organisers have incurred significant financial losses for two consecutive years. Without these events they’ve got no way to cover their costs.

“Our travelling showmen and women – often small, independent, sole-traders or family-based operations – are particularly hard hit. The flow-on effects to local communities will be felt for years.”

Under Round 1 of the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program the government provided $34.5 million to 378 show societies and field day organisers who cancelled in 2020.

“We are continuing to back these iconic events with a further $25 million to help ease cash flow pressures for event organisers and provide rent relief to our showmen and women who bring life and colour to the shows.”

“Agricultural shows and field days contribute more than $1 billion to the economy annually, attract more than 6 million patrons, and are supported by more than 50,000 volunteers and more than 4,000 showmen and women.

“They deliver significant social benefits to rural and regional Australia, bringing heart, soul and a sense of pride to towns across the country. I am proud to support these events and will continue to encourage the states and territories to do likewise,” Minister Littleproud said.

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