COVID-19 hit show societies and field day organsiers can now apply for a one-off payment under the Morrison Government’s $39 million Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program.

The program provides operational support for agricultural shows societies and organisers of agricultural field days forced to cancel their scheduled show or field day in 2020 because of COVID-19.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said local agricultural show societies and field day organisers have until 9 October 2020 to apply under the first funding round.

“These local community events bring our families and farmers together, build community spirit and help bridge the divide between country and city,” Mr Pasin said.

“They contribute more than $1 billion to the national economy each year, attract more than six million patrons and are supported by more than 50,000 volunteers.

“That is why this Government is investing $39 million in support to help them deal with cash flow pressures caused by COVID-19 cancellations and ensure their future.”

Mr Pasin encouraged eligible local show societies and field day organsiers to apply as soon as possible.

“This is a welcome initiative to ensure great local events can recover and continue supporting the economy and our local agricultural sector.

“I want to assure local communities and the dedicated volunteers who work so hard to stage these events that the Australian Government is with them all the way during these times,” Mr Pasin said.

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