The Balnarring Cup Day Agricultural Show, cancelled because of COVID-19, is about to get a slice of $34 million Australian Government funding to help ensure they can bounce back next year.
For the first time in 23 years, 2020 saw the Show unable to be run, much to the sadness of the local community. The Morrison Government will provide $5,181.60 to the Balnarring Pony Club to help support the continued running of the Show.
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, said he looked forward to the Show coming back bigger and better in 2021.
“Shows and field days were uniquely Australian and provide huge economic spin-offs for local communities,” Mr Hunt said.
“I am very pleased that the Balnarring Cup Day Agricultural Show will be 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.”
“Next year is looking so much brighter and I know this support will be a fantastic boost for Peninsula volunteers and families.”
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the first payments under the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program will roll out before Christmas.
“Two months ago, I launched this package to reimburse eligible costs for shows and field days who had to cancel because of COVID-19,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Today I am pleased to announce that 378 shows and field days — including the Balnarring Cup Day Agricultural Show — have been approved for funding to help ease cash-flow pressures.
“The Government is keen to ensure show societies and field day organisers are in the best shape possible to continue in 2021. These events bring our families and farmers together, build community spirit and help bridge the divide between country and city.”
Chair of Agricultural Shows Australia Dr Rob Wilson said show societies forced to cancel in 2020 were positive about hosting again next year.
“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.
“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.”
Secretary of the Association of Agricultural Field Days of Australasia Wendy Franklin welcomed the fast turnaround of applicants’ approvals.
“Getting this money out the door is going to be a fantastic Christmas present for many of our event organisers,” Mrs Franklin said.
“Even if it’s to help cover costs such as rates, insurance and telecommunications, this support will go a long way towards ensuring next year we can bounce back bigger and better.”
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.