Extra funds goes a long way for region's show societies
SHOW societies in the Western Downs and Maranoa region will receive an additional $400,000 worth of funding as part of the State Government's show societies grants program.
The extra funding will be shared across show societies in Chinchilla, Miles, Dalby, Wandoan, Tara, Mitchell, Roma, Wallumbilla and Jandowae over three years.
Chinchilla A&P Association president Lisa Walsh said it would mean an additional $1141 a year for the organisation.
"It's just they put a little bit more extra funding into it this year, so we get an extra $1141 this year than we normally get,” she said.
"We really appreciate it because we're privately owned, so all the money we get goes straight into the grounds.
"It goes into the cost of running our show and the general running of our association as well - it just helps us pay the bills and keeps the showgrounds going.
"This is a very big help to every show society around the region.”
Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe said the funding was vital to help Queensland's local shows go on.
"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.”