Monday, 7 December 2020
AgroTrend gets financial boost
Bundaberg’s AgroTrend event, which was cancelled due to COVID-19, will get a slice of $34 million Australian Government funding to help ensure they can bounce back next year.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the first payments under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program will roll out before Christmas.
“I am very pleased the Bundaberg Field Day Society is able to access this funding to help get them through this tough period and out the other side in a sound position to host again in 2021,” Mr Pitt said.
“Agricultural shows and field days are uniquely Australian and provide huge economic spin-offs for local communities as well as opportunities for the businesses and services who exhibit.
“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 the $20,749.99 in financial support will be fantastic boost for our volunteers and community organisations who run AgroTrend each year.”
More than 370 shows and field days have been approved for funding to help ease cash-flow pressures.
Agricultural shows and field days contribute more than $1 billion to the economy each year but rely largely on financial assistance from supporters and attendees.
There are 580 agricultural shows nationwide, which attract six million visitors and are serviced by 50,000 volunteers.
The Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program funding is being provided under the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund for regions, communities and industry sectors disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
For more information on the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program visit: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/infrastructure/supporting-ag-shows