The Corryong agricultural show in Indi is receiving an Australian Government cash boost to help it bounce back bigger and better from COVID-19 cancellations.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the event has been awarded supplementary expense funding totalling $6468 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 as of this month.
“Almost $34 million 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.”
North-east Victoria based Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said agricultural shows were at the heart of local communities and help farmers stay competitive by sharing innovation and new ways of doing business, showcasing their produce, and educating the broader public on the contribution of agriculture.
“I’m really pleased that the Corryong and Upper Murray Agricultural & Pastoral Society Inc received this help – it’s great news for the hardworking volunteers,” she said.
“Ag shows are part of our national identity and significant cultural and economic contributors to communities. They showcase the pinnacle and pride of local produce that often spans generations of tradition and know-how.
“From farmers, school kids and home cooking experts, to local ag businesses, volunteer groups and emergency services personnel—everyone loves their local show.
“Which is why the Nationals in government are committed to ensuring agricultural shows and field days are in the best position possible to continue in 2021 and beyond.”
For more information on the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program visit www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/infrastructure/supporting-ag-shows.
- 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 nationwide, that contribute $1 billion to the economy, attract six million visitors and are serviced by 50,000 volunteers.