Member for Barker Tony Pasin has welcomed a Coalition Government commitment to backing agricultural shows.

Mr Pasin spoke about the policy at the Annual Central Districts Show’s Association Dinner on Saturday night.

“Our Government recognises the value of agriculture to deliver a strong economy and to keeping regional and rural communities across Australia thriving,” Mr Pasin said.

“Our local country shows, are an integral part of our community of bringing people together from all over our local community. Beyond the rides, showbags and fairy floss, our shows educate and showcase new technologies and farm products and promote competition in livestock and produce.”

“The hardworking volunteers of the show societies are the pillars and stalwarts who bring these annual events to life, but they are 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,” Mr Pasin said.

In recognition of the value and importance of our local shows, a re-elected Morrison Government will:

  • Bring Agricultural Shows to Australians, by establishing a $20 million Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program. Grants will be available for regional agricultural show societies that run annual shows to upgrade and maintain existing infrastructure and build new infrastructure.
  • Promote the role of farming, by providing $720,000 to Agricultural Shows Australia to invest in our young farmers and mobilise the agricultural show network to promote the role of farmers and the value of agriculture. The government is providing this funding to support the Young Judges and Paraders Program and the Young Farmers Challenge.

“We know that when our farmers prosper, our regional communities thrive. That’s why supporting our local country shows with funds to invest in their future is so important to me and my Liberal and Nationals colleagues,” Mr Pasin said.

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