Four North East Victorian agricultural show societies will share in more than $500,000 to renew and reinvigorate their show grounds, under the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program.
Corryong and Upper Murray Show Society will receive $245,067 to upgrade and extend the power supply at the Corryong Recreation Reserve and upgrade the rodeo arena to include a new Equine Training Centre and yards.
Wangaratta Show Society committee will receive $36,137 to upgrade cabinetry in the art and craft, cooking and horticulture sections at Wangaratta Showground, and upgrade equestrian facilities as well as replacement of a timber stage.
Euroa Agricultural Society will receive $121,551 to upgrade the Euroa Showgrounds pavilion, including connection of natural gas, electrical system upgrade, install solar panels, heating and cooling systems, wide doorways, flooring and accessible toilets.
Yea Agricultural, Pastoral and Horticultural Association will receive $123,970 to upgrade the Yea Showground by adding power facilities to three cattle sheds, and undertake major repairs to its heritage Grandstand by underpinning side walls and renewal of exterior cladding on these walls.
Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said it was wonderful news for the North East after a difficult start to 2020.
“It has been the toughest of times for so many of our North East communities, firstly with the bushfires shutting down tourism and then COVID-19 stifling any hope of a quick recovery,” Senator McKenzie said.
““These grants are all about helping rural and regional shows stay relevant and vibrant. With this assistance I’m confident that once the COVID-19 pandemic passes our communities will recover and the local show will play an important role.”
Senator McKenzie, who announced the $20 million AgShows Program to reinvigorate showgrounds and help boost regional communities with Prime Minister Scott Morrison last October, said shows were part of our national identity and significant cultural and economic contributors to hundreds of communities across Australia.
“They showcase the pinnacle and pride of local produce that often spans generations of tradition and know-how,” Senator McKenzie said.
“From farmers, school kids and home cooking experts, to local ag businesses, volunteer groups and emergency services personnel—everyone loves their local show.”
For a full list of successful applicants visit: www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/infrastructure/ag-shows