Regional agricultural show societies across Australia will share in $20 million worth of grants to renew and reinvigorate ageing show grounds through the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program.
Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, said the grants would also serve as a much-needed cash injection in the wake of recent bushfires and the Covid-19 outbreak.
There are around 580 agricultural shows across Australia and combined they contribute around $965 million to the economy each year. Nearly 6 million Australians visit an agricultural show each year.
With the pandemic forcing shows to cancel their 2020 events, the government grants will help show societies refurbish their show grounds and facilities, so that when their next event rolls around it will be even more attractive to show goers.
The grants are expected to be used by successful applicants for a range of infrastructure works, from small-scale upgrades to major overhauls and new builds that will benefit not only the show, but the community throughout the year and in emergency situations as was the case in the recent bushfires. Littleproud said shows were the heart and soul of regional communities. They bring and keep communities together, link the country to the city and provide a key boost to local economies.
To see successful applicants visit: www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/infrastructure/ag-shows