The Mossman and District Show Association will receive $478,700 to renew and reinvigorate their show grounds under the Morrison Government’s Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the grant would help make the Mossman show bigger and better than ever.
“The annual agricultural show is always a big event, and thanks to this grant our next one will be better than ever,” Mr Entsch said.
“The grant will be used by the Mossman and District Show Association to construct a new amenities building with showers and change rooms, a canteen and a first aid room at the showgrounds.
“I want to see the Mossman show continue to grow in size and popularity and this grant will ensure it has the best facilities.
“I thank the Commonwealth Government for their support and look forward to an even better show once we emerge from the current health crisis.”
Mossman and District Show Association president Matthew Hatfield said the funding announcement was a massive boost for the association.
“This funding will ensure we can continue to run a successful show with the facilities to match,” Mr Hatfield said.
“This funding doesn’t only support the show association; it also supports junior sporting clubs, community organ and the wider Douglas Shire who use the facilities.
“I also wanted to thank the Douglas Shire Council for assisting us with the application.”
Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the grants would benefit both agricultural show societies and regional communities.
“Agricultural shows are the heart and soul of our regional communities,” Mr Littleproud said.
“Upgrading show facilities means more visitors to these regional events, more local employment and more purchases for local businesses
“I am aware that many regional towns have had to cancel events this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
“These grants will help our show societies refurbish their show grounds and facilities, so that when their next event rolls around they will be even more attractive to show goers.
“The Australian Government wants to see our agricultural shows continue to thrive, so that they can be enjoyed by Australians for generations to come.
For a full list of successful applicants visit: www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/infrastructure/ag-shows