Dungog and Stroud Shows get a funding boost

TRADITION: Two pals take a stroll down sideshow alley while enjoying a show favourite - the good old pluto pup - at the 2019 Dungog Show. Picture: Michelle Mexon

TRADITION: Two pals take a stroll down sideshow alley while enjoying a show favourite - the good old pluto pup - at the 2019 Dungog Show. Picture: Michelle Mexon

Dungog and Stroud Shows - cancelled this year because of COVID-19 - will get a helping hand from the federal government so they can come back next year.

Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said the first payments under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program will roll out before Christmas.

"Two months ago, the Government launched this package to reimburse eligible costs for shows and field days who had to cancel because of COVID-19," Dr Gillespie said.

"Today I am pleased to announce that 8 shows across the Lyne electorate have been approved for funding to help ease cash-flow pressures,"

Stroud Show Association will receive $17,615 and Horticultural and Dungog Agricultural & Horticultural Association will receive $10,000.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is set to receive $15,108,989 in funding.

"It is crucial that our show societies and field day organisers are in the best shape possible to bounce back in 2021," Dr Gillespie said.

"These events bring our families and farmers together, build community spirit and help bridge the divide between country and city.

"They also help to keep maintain our farmers' competitive edge by providing an outlet for new ideas, new technologies and new ways of working to be shared.

"Next year is looking so much brighter and I know this support will be fantastic boost for our volunteers, families and school kids."

Chair of Agricultural Shows Australia Dr Rob Wilson said show societies forced to cancel in 2020 were positive about hosting again next year.

"With some states already giving the go-ahead to shows next year, subject to COVID conditions being met, this funding will ensure hundreds of societies can start planning now."

"This Australian Government support has helped provide certainty and a renewed sense of optimism ahead of 2021 after a difficult year for everyone, especially our 50,000 volunteers," Dr Wilson said.