• Agricultural show societies across Barker received Federal funding as part of the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program.
  • The grants awarded by the Commonwealth Government will be used to renew show grounds and pavilions.

Agricultural shows across Barker will receive funding to renew and reinvigorate their show grounds, under the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program.

Mr Pasin said the grants would benefit both agricultural show societies and local towns and communities.

“In many regional areas Agricultural shows and field days are the heart and soul of our regional communities. They help bring communities together, bridge the divide between country and city and provide a key injection into the local economy,” Mr Pasin said.

“These events showcase the hard work and innovation that goes into producing Australia’s food and fibre, and in Barker we have some of the best in the nation.

“Unfortunately, many of Barkers shows and field days have had to cancel events this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

“These grants will help our show societies refurbish their show grounds and facilities, so that when their next event rolls around they will really have a great show on offer.

“Our Government wants to see our agricultural shows continue to thrive, so that they can be enjoyed by Australians for generations to come.”

“In Barker, successful applicants will use the grants for a range of infrastructure works, from small-scale upgrades to major overhauls and new builds that will benefit not only our show, but our community throughout the year.

“I want to see our shows continue to grow in size and popularity and bridge the divide between country and city.

There are around 580 agricultural shows across Australia, contributing to around $965 million to the economy each year. Nearly 6 million Australians visit an agricultural show each year.

Successful applicants within Barker: