Show societies across Gippsland are encouraged to apply for the Federal Government’s Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program (AgShows) funding to upgrade, maintain, buy or build new showground infrastructure and attractions.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said applications were now open for the $20 million AgShows program.
Mr Chester is encouraging local councils and showground owners to support Gippsland’s regional agricultural show societies in their applications for grants.
“Our annual shows across Gippsland are a chance for families to get together and compete in events with a distinctly regional flavour and celebrate the diversity of life on our farms and in our towns,” Mr Chester said.
“Grants could be used for repairs or upgrades of existing showground facilities such as outdoor seating, new infrastructure such as a grandstand, assets like portable sheep holding yards or attractions such as an agricultural virtual reality exhibit.
“AgShows is about ensuring our communities can continue staging their local shows—and other events such as pony clubs and farmers markets—for many years to come.” Mr Chester said the government is delivering on an election commitment to boost regional agricultural shows.
“Eligible local show societies and state and territory agricultural show peak bodies could receive grants of up to $500,000 under the AgShows program. “Agricultural shows are part of our national identity and are thriving hubs of local industry, commerce, culture and community.
“They showcase the pinnacle and pride of local produce that often spans generations of tradition and know-how.
“Most agricultural shows held annually are regionally based and they bring communities closer together especially in times of drought and other hardships.”
Applications are now open and close 13 December 2019, with successful applicants expected to be announced in the first half of 2020. For more details and to apply visit GrantConnect at www.grants.gov.au