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18 December, 2020

Federal funding to help local show societies maintain cashflow ahead of a 2021 comeback

A number of show societies within the Gilgandra region will benefit from federal funding that will help take the financial pressure off while they plan for the return of the events in 2021.

By Telden Nelson

The 2019 Gilgandra Show was a huge success despite drought conditions and the Gilgandra Show Society are hoping to make up for lost time in 2021 following this year’s cancellation.

COVID-19 has meant the cancellation of many beloved community events across the nation and agricultural shows were one of the biggest losses. But just because the shows didn’t go ahead, it didn’t mean that show society funding remained static. Costs still accrue and recent funding from the federal government aims to help with cash flow concerns that have arisen due to cancellations.

The Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program has meant that a number of show societies will have some pressure taken off them as they prepare for next year. Within the Gilgandra region, Gulargambone, Gilgandra, Tooraweenah and Mendooran shows have all received a slice of the funding pie. Tooraweenah PA and H Association will benefit from $10,000 in federal funding. Publicity officer Sue Armstrong said the grant will “assist us significantly”.

“Especially when fundraising opportunities have been so limited with COVID-19,” Mrs Armstrong said.

“The grant will cover the significant annual cost of insurance along with rates and electricity. This cash flow injection ensures we can continue with our event in future years. It is such an amazing boost to our little local show. A show that is much loved and brings many benefits to our local community.”

Gilgandra Show Society will receive $8627. Show society secretary Iain Thurlow said the funding allows them to continue planning for the 2021 show “from an improved financial position”.

“The Gilgandra show is one of our largest local annual events, and this operational support from the federal government has helped create a renewed sense of optimism and certainty, which will translate into a fantastic show next year,” said Mr Thurlow.

Gulargambone Show Society will receive $4058 and Mendooran PA and H Association will receive $9765. Federal member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said the funding will ensure that regional shows can “bounce back bigger and better”.

“These events bring our families and farmers together and provide a huge economic spin-off for rural communities. Next year is looking so much brighter and I know this support will be fantastic boost for our show volunteers and the local community,” Mr Coulton said.

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