Victorian agricultural and pastoral societies will be supported to continue putting on events and upgrade infrastructure through support from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced $300,000 in funding will go to 39 societies from across Victoria as part of the 2019-20 Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants Program.
Grant packages of up to $10,000 will help societies to upgrade or establish new facilities, encourage greater local involvement in show activities, create opportunities for agricultural businesses to engage with the community and enhance business activities to help in show planning.
This year’s recipients will use their funding for a variety of purposes, including:
- air-conditioning and heating in a multi-purpose pavilion
- lighting upgrades for a homecrafts pavilion area to improve safety
- construction of permanent horse-holding enclosures
- installation of sheep yards
- multi-use shearing competition stage
- animal nursery upgrade
- display tables for craft and cooking pavilion
- relocatable tiered grandstand seating.
These projects will enhance facilities that can be used for occasions other than agricultural shows and ensure communities that had to cancel or postpone shows due to the coronavirus pandemic can have upgraded facilities for future events.
The funded projects will deliver exciting events that provide a direct benefit to agricultural communities, which will in-turn build confidence in agriculture and support regional economies and jobs.
For a full list of the successful recipients, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au.
As stated by Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes
“Agricultural shows are a beloved part of regional Victoria – they play an important role by promoting agriculture and showcasing local art, craft and artisanal produce.”
“These grants will not only improve our regional annual shows, but they’ll also benefit the whole community through the various events hosted at these facilities throughout the year.”