Round 2 of the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program is providing up to $13.1 million for eligible Capital City Royal Shows
A program that helps support Royal Show events following the disruptions and cancellations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020 and 2021, has been welcomed by the Ekka.
The Federal Government is providing $6.5 million to the Royal Queensland Show (the Ekka) under round 2 of the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program to support costs incurred from the cancelled 2021 event.
The Government is providing show societies and field day organisers with a much-needed cash injection after the disruptions caused by COVID-19 in 2021.
The Ekka is estimated to generate over 3,500 jobs annually and contributes around $200 million to the Queensland economy.
The 2021 Ekka was cancelled at short notice to ensure the health and safety of the public, and this was the second year in a row the Ekka was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Continued support for iconic events, such as the Ekka with its 145-year history, will contribute to the sustainability of agricultural show societies and the events they hold in 2022 and beyond.
Not only are these events essential for agricultural businesses, but they also celebrate the vibrancy of Australian culture from our rural traditions to our modern-day lifestyles and provide unique experiences for the 6 million people who attend annually.
Capital City Royal Shows bring the best of the bush to the city and showcase our incredible Australian produce and innovations.
The Ekka is set to return from 6 to 14 August 2022, and will be as big, bold and exciting as ever.
RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou thanked the Federal Government for their incredible support over the past two years.
“This funding is vital, provides certainty for our not-for-profit sector and is critical to ensuring the agricultural show movement stays alive,’’ Brendan Christou said.
“This funding will cover the Ekka 2021 operational and fixed costs we incurred due to the show being cancelled for the second year in a row and will greatly assist our financial recovery as we move forward.
“We are most grateful to the Federal Government for this amazing show of support, and we look forward to staging the return of a very historic Ekka this August,” Brendan Christou added.
Catch up on the complete itinerary for the Ekka, Royal Queensland Show from 6 to 14 August 2022 on this link.