Show recovery boost

Agricultural shows in Barker are being boosted with additional Federal Government support to help them recover from COVID-19 forced cancellations.

Seven events in Barker will share in $710,818 Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days supplementary payments.

In addition to funding provided late last year, the following seven agricultural shows will receive additional Australian Government support.

• Bordertown Spring Festival and Show Incorporated

• Karoonda Farm Fair Incorporated

• Kingston-S.E. Agricultural, Pastoral and Horticultural Society Incorporated

• Loxton Agricultural and Horticultural Society Incorporated

• The Coonalpyn and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society Incorporated

• The Mount Pleasant Agricultural Horticultural and Floracultural Society

• The Callington Agricultural and Horticultural Society Incorporated

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said these events have been awarded supplementary expense funding under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program.

A total of 110 events across the country will share in the $710,818 cash boost. “Almost $34m has already gone out to the 378 shows and field days approved for funding for costs paid from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Our agricultural shows and field days are bouncing back from the pandemic because of the hard work of their volunteers and support from their communities.”

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said these events were at the heart of local communities and help farmers stay competitive by sharing innovation and new ways of doing business. “I’m very pleased these seven local show societies will receive this additional boost.” Mr Pasin said.

“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring agricultural shows and field days are in the best position possible to continue in 2021 and beyond.”

The supplementary funding will be delivered to grantees in April-June 2021. The Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program reimburses eligible costs for shows and field days which had to cancel because of COVID-19.

There are 580 agricultural shows nation-wide, that contribute $1b to the economy, attract six million visitors and are serviced by 50,000 volunteers.

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