May 18, 2021

Warrnambool Agricultural Show has received a further boost with more Australian Government support to help them bounce back from COVID-19 cancellations.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said he was pleased that the Warrnambool Agricultural Show had been successful in attracting funding under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program.

“Agricultural shows are at the heart of local communities through the volunteerism and the educational, competitive and cultural experiences they provide.”

“These events are at the heart of local communities and help farmers stay competitive by sharing innovation, new ways of doing business and are also a great social occasion,” said Mr Tehan.

“I’m very pleased Warrnambool Agricultural Society will receive this boost; this will bring their total funding support to $26,908. This is great news for the volunteers and local community of Warrnambool, with the show providing tangible economic and social benefits,” said Mr Tehan.

Jason Callaway, President Warrnambool Agriculture Show said as an Agricultural Society we get all our income once a year when we hold our show. Last year we could not run a show, so we had no income. Yet we still had ongoing expenses like insurance, utilities, affiliation fees and all the costs of keeping our office open. The grant money will cover all those day-to-day expenses and allow us to focus on bouncing back with a bigger, better show this October.”

“I am looking forward to all the wonderful people from country to town-committee members, stewards, volunteers and members of affiliated clubs and societies-work joining together again to make the show a momentous event as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Mr Callaway.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said Warrnambool Agriculture Show had been awarded supplementary expense funding under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program.

A total of 110 events across the country will share in the $710,818 cash boost. “Almost $34 million has already gone out to the 378 shows and field days approved for funding for costs paid from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Our agricultural shows and field days are bouncing back from the pandemic because of the hard work of their volunteers and support from their communities.”

“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring agricultural shows and field days are in the best position possible to continue in 2021 and beyond.”

For more information on the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program visit www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/infrastructure/supporting-ag-shows.

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