September 18, 2020
The latest grants from the State Government’s Show Societies Grants Program were announced on Friday.
The 130 show societies and associations across the State will share more than $2.1 million in funding.
Local grants are:
- Bell Show Society – $7893
- Blackbutt Show Society – $7369
- Cooyar Agricultural Society – $9299
- Murgon Show Society – $12,785
- Nanango AP&M Society – $11,349
- Proston PA & H Ass Inc – $7817
- South Burnett National Show Society (Kingaroy) Inc – $11,935
- Wondai AP&I Society Inc – $8663
The Show Societies Grants Program provides financial support for operating costs associated with conducting annual agricultural shows, and costs towards the construction and maintenance of showground assets.
Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies general manager Trevor Beckingham OAM said the funding was important in helping show societies deliver their shows.
“Many of the smaller show societies in particular, would find it extremely difficult to conduct their local show without this assistance from the Queensland Government,” Mr Beckingham said.
Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the importance of the local show would be even greater in 2021, helping Queensland communities unite and recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The local show plays an enormous role in bringing communities together to meet, compare, compete and most importantly, connect,” he said.
“With many shows having to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, their return will give local communities a much-needed lift.”