SHOW Societies in the Scenic Rim will share in an increase of $400,000 over three years to the State Government’s Show Societies Grants Program.
Boonah Show Society Bev Hern said she was pleased to hear that they were getting an increase this year.
“This is a very valuable grant that the state government has been giving to show societies for a number of years now,” she said.
“The amount granted varies from show to show and is based on the numbers attending, so the smaller shows get a little bit less than the bigger ones.
“It allows us to spend the money on improving our shows, for things like entertainment or putting on a feature event.
“Boonah Show Society uses it to pay for insurance, which is always going up so the increase this year is very welcome.”
Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe said the additional funding on top of the annual $2 million program was vital to help Queensland’s 129 local shows go on.
“When I was growing up, going to the show was one of the highlights of the year and even now, when I hear the screams from the rides and catch the familiar scents of dagwood dogs, fairy floss and livestock in the air, it’s still a thrill,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“The local show is more than just a magical occasion creating wonderful memories, it’s a truly important social and economic event on the calendar for towns, cities and regions right across the state.
“The Show Societies and associations that run the shows do a fantastic job, usually with limited resources, which is why the Government made a commitment during the election to increase our support for these organisations.”
“For many, especially in remote areas, the show is the one time of the year they get the chance to compete, compare and simply catch up with the rest of the community.
“The show also gives the local economy a real shot in the arm, so this funding boost for all our local shows will have a wonderful impact.”
Beaudesert Show Society president Ian Harrison said the grant money always comes in handy.
“The money usually comes in about the end of August, a week or two before the Show, so the committee sits down and decides how best to use it.
“We generally use it to upgrade the showground and keeping the grounds going.”
Across the Scenic Rim region, the grants will assist Show Societies including:
Beaudesert Show Society - $30,754
Boonah Show Society - $15,584
Canungra & Dist AH&I Society - $12,213
Kalbar & District Show Assn - $7,689
The Show Societies Grants Program provides financial support for operating costs associated with conducting annual agricultural shows, and costs towards the construction and maintenance of showground assets.
Show Societies who own their grounds may use up to 50 per cent of their funding towards new infrastructure works that meet the required time frame and program objectives.
Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies (QCAS) General Manager, Karen Wolf said the funding was crucial.
“Many of the Show Societies, particularly the smaller ones, would find it extremely challenging to conduct their shows without the Government’s assistance through the grants program,” Ms Wolf said.
“We are absolutely delighted the government has increased the funding as it will have an enormous positive impact on every show in Queensland.”