Agricultural shows in Oakey and Pittsworth will benefit from more than $260,000 to renew and reinvigorate facilities, under the Commonwealth Government’s Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program (AgShows).
Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, said the grants would benefit both agricultural show societies and regional communities.
“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,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Upgrading show facilities means more visitors to these regional events, more local employment, and more purchases for local businesses.
“The Australian Government wants to see our agricultural shows continue to thrive, so that they can be enjoyed by Australians for generations to come.”
Member for Groom, John McVeigh, said the grants would help make the Oakey and Pittsworth shows bigger and better than ever.
“The annual agricultural shows are always big events, and thanks to these grants future events will be better than ever,” Dr McVeigh said.
“These events bring our communities together and are an important part of our culture. They offer relief during difficult times and the chance for communities to showcase and celebrate hard work and innovation.’
“Upgrading facilities will also provide a much-needed boost to the local economy. These upgrades will not only benefit the community at show time but also throughout the year and in emergency situations.”
Oakey Agricultural Pastoral and Rodeo Society will receive $214,310 for the construction of a new pavilion at the showgrounds to replace the existing condemned pavilion.
Pittsworth Show Society will receive $46,711 to construct a multi-bay storage garage for showground users (at Pittsworth Showground) to safely and securely store equipment, and carry out upgrade works to the showground sheep yards.