Ap­ply for show cash

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now open for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s $39 mil­lion Sup­port­ing Agri­cul­tural Shows and Field Days pro­gram.

Fed­eral Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud said agri­cul­tural show so­ci­eties and field day or­gan­is­ers of can­celled events would be able to ap­ply for the one-off pay­ment un­der the first round of fund­ing.

‘‘This is a pan­demic-bust­ing cash in­jec­tion for all those shows and field day events forced to can­cel this year be­cause of COVID-19,’’ Mr Lit­tleproud said.

‘‘We know that both agri­cul­tural shows and field days are sig­nif­i­cant so­cial and eco­nomic con­trib­u­tors to hun­dreds of Aus­tralian bush and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘They con­trib­ute more than $1 bil­lion to the na­tional econ­omy each year, at­tract more than six mil­lion pa­trons and are sup­ported by more than 50,000 vol­un­teers.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: www.agri­cul­ture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/ in­fras­truc­ture/sup­port­ing-ag-shows

■ Ap­pli­ca­tions close Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 9. To ap­ply, visit: www.com­mu­ni­ty­grants.gov.au/ grants/sup­port­ing-agri­cul­tural-shows-field­days-pro­gram

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