Show societies across Far North Queensland are encouraged to apply for funding to upgrade, maintain, buy or build new showground infrastructure and attractions under the Australian Government’s Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said eligible local show societies and state and territory agricultural show peak bodies could receive grants of up to $500,000 under the program.
“The government’s $20 million AgShows investment will reinvigorate showgrounds, helping to boost Far North Queensland communities, increase local employment and purchases from local businesses,” Mr Entsch said.
“Grants could be used for repairs or upgrades of existing showground facilities such as outdoor seating, new infrastructure such as a grandstand, 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.”
Federal Agriculture Minister Senator Bridget McKenzie said the government is delivering on an election commitment to boost regional agricultural shows.
“Agricultural shows are part of our national identity and are thriving hubs of local industry, commerce, culture and community,” Ms McKenzie said.
“They showcase the pinnacle and pride of local produce that often spans generations of tradition and know-how.
“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.”
Applications close on 13 December 2019 with successful applicants expected to be announced in the first half of 2020.
For more details and to apply visit GrantConnect at www.grants.gov.au