Agricultural shows are an important part of the rural landscape in Australia and the Nationals in Government will deliver a $30 million package of initiatives designed to ensure they remain a centrepiece of regional communities.

Federal Nationals Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said right across regional Australia agricultural shows were delivered by hardworking volunteers, but were often faced with ageing infrastructure and expensive repair bills, impacting on the quality of the show and in some cases, meaning shows are unable to go ahead.

“We have some wonderful local shows right across our region. Not only do they provide the opportunity for us to promote and showcase our local produce, but they are also form an important part of the social fabric and the identity of our rural communities,” Dr Gillespie said.

“We will invest $720,000 into Agricultural Shows Australia (ASA) over the next four years to support country shows and agricultural events so this important organisation can continue promoting the value of Australian agriculture. It means the shows and programs run by ASA to be upgraded and remain relevant into the future.”

Dr Gillespie made the comments while attending the Wauchope Show and officially opening the Stroud Show.

The $30.9 million package includes:

• A $20 million Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program;
• $10 million to take city kids to farms so Australians children see how agricultural products get from paddock to plate;
• $720,000 to support Agricultural Shows Australia to promote the value of Australian agriculture, and;
• $220,000 to encourage more young people to study agriculture by improving future education initiatives.

The $20 million Development Grants Program will help regional agricultural show societies upgrade and maintain existing infrastructure.

To encourage more workers into agriculture the Nationals in Government will deliver $220,000 to encourage more young people to study a field in agriculture by improving future education initiatives.

We are also delivering $90,000 over three years to boost education around sustainable agri-food production for schools, shows and community events.

“The Nationals will always stand up for farmers and our agricultural industries,” Dr Gillespie said.