David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Allora’s ‘Big Shed’ officially opened

May 5, 2022

What has fast become a landmark for the town, ‘The Big Shed’ at the Allora Showgrounds, has been officially opened by Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud.

The Liberal National Government provided funding of $340,495 under the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program towards construction of the new arena and shed, which was completed in January.

Mr Littleproud congratulated the Allora Show Society on delivery of the project, which is set to benefit both the Show Society and the wider community.

“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,” Mr Littleproud said.

“These events showcase the hard work and innovation that goes into producing Australia’s food and fibre.

“The Liberal National Government wants to see our agricultural shows continue to thrive, so that they can be enjoyed by Australians for generations to come.”

Mr Littleproud said that upgrading show facilities means more visitors to these important events – which are the lifeblood of many smaller rural communities, more local employment, and more purchases for local businesses.

Allora Show Society vice-president, Hugh Huston, thanked the Government for the grant received by the Show Society.

“The arena and shed have been put to good use at recent events and have received ‘glowing’ reports,” Mr Huston said.

“All work was completed by local tradesmen, and where possible, materials for the structure were sourced locally. It was a tremendous boost to our local economy, which has been impacted by bushfires, drought and COVID 19 restrictions.”

Fast Facts:

  • The Liberal National Government committed $20 million over two years for Round 1 of the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program.
  • Agricultural shows are set to benefit from a further $15.4 million announced in the 2022/23 Federal Budget for a second round of the oversubscribed Agricultural Shows Development Grant Program.
  • There are around 580 agricultural shows across Australia.
  • Agricultural shows contribute around $965 million to the economy each year.
  • Nearly 6 million Australians visit an agricultural show each year.