October 3, 2012
The Nanango, Kingaroy, Blackbutt and Cooyar shows will share in a $35,000 funding boost this year through grants administered by the Department of Local Government.
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said today that the funding was a vote of confidence by the State in the important role local shows play in communities. She said Minister for Local Government, Mr David Crisafulli, had committed the funding to ensure communities throughout the region continue to host these signature events.
“We all know that money is tight this year,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“We have a responsibility to make sure every cent counts. And bringing people together to showcase the best in the region, whether it’s cattle, produce or cooking, is a tradition we’re proud to support.”
The three Show Societies will receive the following amounts:
- Nanango Agricultural, Pastoral and Mining Society Inc -$10,285
- South Burnett National Show Society (Kingaroy) – $10,871
- Blackbutt Agricultural Show Society – $6305
- Cooyar Agricultural Society – $8235
“Many show societies have reported that without State support their annual show would fold,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“The shows are a focal point in our community and I’m proud of the small role these grants will play.
“But the real heroes are the Show Society members who put in dedicated efforts, in many cases year after year, to provide this highlight for local people.”