David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Maranoa agricultural shows receive extra COVID-recovery boost

April 16, 2021

Australian Government support continues for agricultural shows and field days forced to cancel because of COVID-19

110 events nationally— including six shows in Maranoa — will share in $710,818 Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days supplementary payments

Agricultural shows in Maranoa are being boosted with more Australian Government support to help them bounce back from COVID-19 cancellations.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management and Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the events have been awarded supplementary expense funding under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program.

“A total of $92,348.55 in extra funding will flow to six Maranoa show societies, building on $310,637 already granted through the Program,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Local shows are at the heart of our bush communities, so I am very pleased to see the Alpha, Barcoo, Dalby, Muttaburra, Roma and Wandoan shows will receive this extra boost.

“This is great news for our communities and the volunteers who put in countless hours to make our annual shows a reality.

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

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.”

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

Supplementary expense funding for Maranoa Shows:

Recipient Supplementary Funding Total SASFD Funding
Alpha Show Society Inc $2,778.70 $7,734.20
Barcoo Pastoral Society $2,985.50 $6,579.80
Dalby and District Show Society $43,639.00 $70,000.00
Muttaburra Stock Show Society Inc $7,377.84 $10,000.00
Roma Show Society Inc. $32,617.51 $68,687.88
Wandoan Show Society Incorporated $2,950.00 $5,210.00

  Fast Facts:

  • The supplementary funding will be delivered to grantees in April-June 2021.
  • The Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program reimburses eligible costs for shows and field days which had to cancel because of COVID-19.
  • There are 580 agricultural shows nationwide, that contribute $1 billion to the economy, attract six million visitors and are serviced by 50,000 volunteers.