Photo Caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with Coonamble Show Society President Henry Moxham.
Agricultural show societies in the western region are set to receive a total of $40,400 to help ease cash-flow pressures and look to next year’s shows with optimism, Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has announced.
Baradine, Mendooran, Coonamble, Gulargambone, Gilgandra and Tooraweenah Shows are some of many agricultural show societies in the Parkes electorate that will share in more than $212,000 of Federal Government funding under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program, after having to cancel their events this year due to COVID-19.
Mr Coulton said while rural and regional communities have combated COVID-19 with tenacity, the virus had taken its toll on agricultural events in his electorate.
“I’m so pleased that the first payments under will roll out to 17 show societies across the electorate before Christmas,” Mr Coulton said.
“The show societies set to benefit range from Warialda in the north, Condobolin in the south and Nyngan to the west, and includes regional shows such as Dubbo – all with fantastic local committees that are incredibly dedicated to their local show and community.
“This funding will help to cover costs such as rates, utilities, insurance and telecommunications, which will go a long way towards ensuring next year we can bounce back bigger and better.
“The Government is keen to ensure show societies and field day organisers are in the best shape possible to continue in 2021. These events bring our families and farmers together, and provide a huge economic spin-off for rural communities.
“Next year is looking so much brighter and I know this support will be fantastic boost for our show volunteers and the local community – congratulations to all successful show societies in the western region.”
For more information visit www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/infrastructure/supporting-ag-shows
Parkes electorate recipients and grants:
|Show Society||Grant Amount|
|Warialda Pastoral & Agricultural Assoc Inc||$8,624.99|
|Moree Show Society Inc||$8,380.61|
|Gunnedah Show Society Inc||$15,000.00|
|Nyngan Show Society Inc||$7,370.24|
|Narrabri Show Society Inc||$12,762.07|
|Dubbo Show Society Inc||$66,994.86|
|Baradine PA & H Association Inc||$3,175.39|
|Narromine Agricultural Show Society Inc||$10,692.84|
|Mendooran P.A. & H Association Inc||$9,765.40|
|Coonamble Show Society Inc||$8,032.77|
|Gulargambone Show Society Inc||$4,058.36|
|Gilgandra Show Society Inc.||$8,627.09|
|Warren Pastoral & Agricultural Assoc Inc||$5,753.46|
|Wee Waa Show Society Inc||$10,000.00|
|Tooraweenah P.A. and H. Assoc Inc||$10,000.00|
|Condobolin P A H & I Assoc Inc||$14,454.76|
|Walgett Show Society Inc||$9,285.00|