Hilltops Shows Set To Shine Thanks To NSW Funding

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

IMAGE: Murrumburrah Harden Show among shows to receive funding from the NSW Government’s Country Shows Support Package.

We’ve had a drought, flood, bushfires and a pandemic and stood tough through them all - now it is time to start having a little fun.

The NSW Government created the Country Shows Support Package to help get the fun times rolling. As a result, the Young, Bribbaree and Murrumburrah Harden Shows are going to be a blast.

A number of shows across the Cootamundra electorate have already benefited from the State’s package.

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke said the ongoing support form the package had now seen Young Pastoral and Agricultural Association successfully receive $29,457.15.

Bribbaree received $14,970.93 and Murrumburrah Harden Show Society received $15,000 to support the delivery of their 2022 shows.

“These grants will provide certainty to show organisers to lock in suppliers, hire equipment and purchase goods, which is also great news for local businesses,” Ms Cooke said. “Our local shows are a fantastic tradition and this grant will ensure they continue to delight people and be a part of our history for many generations to come.”

“I encourage everyone to get behind their local show and see all the amazing things they have to offer.”

“From best grown flowers, to wood chopping, petting zoos and rides for children of all sizes, there is something for everyone at our country and agricultural shows and it is something the whole family can enjoy together.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Paul Toole said the $5 million Country Shows Support Package provided a funding opportunity for the 190 agricultural shows planned across NSW this year.

“It’s been a tough few years for country shows, with drought, bushfires, storms, floods and COVID-19 disrupting plans, but as they say, the show must go on and these grants are helping make that happen,” Mr Toole said.

“Country shows are the heartbeat of so many rural communities.”

“They not only celebrate the best of the best in the community, but allow visitors to experience the tastes, sights and sounds of the bush.”

The $5 million Country Shows Support Package forms part of the NSW Government’s $200 million Regional Recovery Package, which will deliver long-term support and certainty for the regions as the state reopens.

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