Casterton Pastoral & Agricultural Society will receive $63,775 to renew and reinvigorate their show grounds, under the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said the grant would benefit both the agricultural show society and the Casterton community.
Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, said “agricultural shows are the heart and soul of our regional communities. They bring and keep communities together, bridge the divide between country and city and provide a key injection into the local economy,” Minister Littleproud said.
“These events showcase the hard work and innovation that goes into producing Australia’s food and fibre.
“Upgrading show facilities mean more visitors to these regional events, more local employment, and more purchases for local businesses.
“I’m aware that many regional towns have had to cancel events this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
“These grants will help our show societies refurbish their show grounds and facilities, so that when their next event rolls around they will be even more attractive to show goers.
“The Australian Government wants to see our agricultural shows continue to thrive, so that they can be enjoyed by Australians for generations to come.”
Mr Tehan said the grant would help make the Casterton show bigger and better than ever.
“The annual agricultural show is always a big event, and thanks to this grant the next one will be better than ever,” Mr Tehan said.
“The grant will be used by the Casterton Pastoral & Agricultural Society to upgrade the poultry shed floor to concrete, install moveable pens, and installation of insulation in the indoor pavilion at Island Park. Also, replacement of guttering and facia boards, upgrade of cattle-loading ramp in the cattle shed, and installation of an air-conditioner and running water in the committee room.
“I want to see our show continue to grow in size and popularity and bridge the divide between country and city.
“I thank the Commonwealth Government for their support and look forward to an even better show.”
For a full list of successful applicants visit: www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/infrastructure/ag-shows