David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

$85,000 support for shows in the South Burnett

December 3, 2020

South Burnett shows cancelled because of COVID-19 will receive an early Christmas present from the Australian Government, with funding to flow to help ensure they can bounce back next year, Maranoa MP David Littleproud announced today.

“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, build community spirit and help bridge the divide between country and city,” Mr Littleproud said.

The Nanango and Kingaroy Shows will receive a total of $85,000 under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program to help ease cash-flow pressures and cover costs after cancelling their 2020 show due to COVID-19.

Mr Littleproud said shows and field days were uniquely Australian and provide huge economic spin-offs for local communities as well as opportunities for the businesses and services who exhibit.

“They also help to maintain our farmers’ competitive edge by providing an outlet for new ideas, new technologies and new ways of working to be shared,” Mr Littleproud said.

“I am very pleased the Nanango and Kingaroy shows are able to access this funding to help get them through this tough period and out the other side in a sound position to host again in 2021,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Next year is looking so much brighter and I know this support will be fantastic boost for our volunteers, families and school kids.”

18 shows across Maranoa will receive a total $310,637.28 under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program. This is in addition to more than $3.43 million in infrastructure funding granted to 13 Maranoa show societies through the Agricultural Show Development Grants program.

For more information visit the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program webpage here.

South Burnett shows funded under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program:

Nanango Agricultural Pastoral and Mining Society Inc $15,000
South Burnett National Show Society Kingaroy Inc. $70,000
TOTAL $85,000