Funding Delivered For Local Agricultural Shows

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today announced that several local agricultural shows across our region have successfully received over $193,000 in funding under the New South Wales Government’s $5 million Country Shows Support Package.

Mr Ward said that the following agricultural shows have received funding including:

  • Kiama Show Society Incorporated (21st-22nd January 2022) - $45,000
  • Berry Show Society Incorporated – (28th-29th January) - $45,000
  • Nowra Show Society Incorporated (4th-5th February) - $43,248.83
  • Albion Park Show (Sat 15th January 2022) - $30,000
  • Kangaroo Valley Show (11th-12th February 2022) - $30,000

“It has been a tough few years for country shows, with drought, bushfires, storms, floods and COVID-19 disrupting plans, but as they say, the show must go on and this funding will help make that a reality for these local agricultural shows,” he said.

“Country shows are the heartbeat of so many rural communities – they not only celebrate the best of the best in our local communities but also allow visitors to experience the tastes, sights and sounds of our beautiful region.

“This funding also provides certainty for show organisers that they can lock in suppliers, hire equipment and purchase goods, which is also great news for our local small businesses.

“Funding can be used for a range of purposes including ensuring shows are COVID-Safe, subsidising stall fees, equipment hire, upgrading show facilities or engaging locally based artists and musicians,” Mr Ward said.

“The $5 million Country Shows Support Package is part of the NSW Government’s $200 million Regional Recovery Package,” Mr Ward concluded.