Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has announced the Australian Government is spending $36 million dollars on supporting agricultural show societies in recovering from the effects of COVID-19.
$10 million dollars in one-off payments of up to $70,000 will be made available for local rural and regional show societies who have made the decision to cancel 2020 events, in an effort to help them recover.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack believes, “Agricultural shows are part of the fabric of regional Australia, showcasing everything positive about our communities and local industries.”
“These shows are estimated to contribute $1 billion to the economy each year and attract 6 million patrons annually, supported by 50,000 volunteers.”
The funding will be paid in 2021 and will be provided under the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund, which is supporting regions, communities and industry sectors that have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis.
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