Country shows in the Cootamundra electorate are returning stronger than ever, thanks to NSW Nationals in the state government’s Country Shows Support Package.
The Junee, Illabo, Temora, and Ariah Park shows have all received financial support, with the Illabo Show finally able to celebrate its centenary this year
Nationals Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke said the ongoing support from the Country Shows Support Package, which has already delivered funds to many of the small country shows held across the Cootamundra electorate, has now seen both Junee and Illabo shows successful in their applications to receive $15,000 each to support the delivery of their 2022 shows.
“These grants will provide certainty to show organisers to lock in suppliers, hire equipment and purchase goods, which is also great news for local businesses,” Ms Cooke said.
“Our local shows are a fantastic tradition and this grant will ensure they continue to delight people and be a part of our history for many generations to come.”
“I encourage everyone to get behind their local show and see all the amazing things they have to offer.”
“From best grown flowers, to wood chopping, petting zoos and rides for children of all sizes, there is something for everyone at our country and agricultural shows and it is something the whole family can enjoy together.”
Gerard Ryan, Treasurer of the Illabo Show Society, said the government’s support means that this year’s centenary show can be made that extra bit special.
“After Covid-19 and delays and disruptions, to be finally able to come together to celebrate 100 years of the Illabo show is incredible. Amongst our usual attractions such as the Prime Lamb Sections, Young Auctioneers, Yard Dog Trials and pavilion displays, we are hoping to have live entertainment and even a fireworks display on offer this year as part of our schedule.”
The Temora and Ariah Park shows have also made successful funding applications.
Ariah Park show is set to receive $5,863 while Temora Show Society is set to receive $15,000 to support the delivery of their 2022 show.
The $5 million Country Shows Support Package is part of the NSW Government’s $200 million Regional Recovery Package, which will deliver long term support and certainty for the regions as the state reopens.