• Second round of payments for agricultural shows and field days.
  • Events contribute more than $1 billion to the Australian economy.
  • Funding to also ease rental costs for local show men and women.

The Federal Government is helping ensure agricultural shows and field days in the Nicholls electorate can continue contributing to their local communities when Australia emerges from lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, David Littleproud, and Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, today announced a further $25 million would be provided under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program and Supporting Showmen and Women Program.

Mr Drum said the Federal Government provided $34.5 million in the first round of the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program – including almost $230,000 in Nicholls – to organisations that cancelled events in 2020.

“We are continuing to back these events with another $25 million to help ease cash flow pressures for event organisers and those vital showmen and women,” Mr Drum said.

“Industry needs confidence and certainty to push through these times and be ready on the other side to contribute to the agriculture sector’s ‘$100 billion by 2030’ target.

“Agricultural shows and field days are supported by more than 50,000 volunteers and about 4000 showmen and women – they make a significant social and economic contribution to my electorate and, more broadly, hundreds of Australian communities.

“They support farm innovation, and the productivity and profitability of our agricultural industries.”

The funding will be available this financial year.

Mr Littleproud said COVID-19 had forced the cancellation of more than 700 show and field day events nationally.

“They have incurred significant financial losses for two consecutive years,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Those hit hardest are the local showmen and women – often small, independent, sole-traders or family-based operations that cannot absorb the costs.

“The flow-on effects to local communities like those in Nicholls will be felt for years.”

Among the round one recipients in Nicholls were the Shepparton ($70,000), Seymour ($15,000), Cobram ($13,938) and Nathalia ($10,000) agricultural societies.

The Elmore District Machinery Field Days also received $70,000, while the Echuca-Moama ($15,000), Kyabram ($15,000), Numurkah ($15,000), and Yarrawonga ($3777) pastoral societies also received funding.

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