Mid North Coast entertainment companies welcomed new funding available to share the costs of running agricultural fairs next year | Port Macquarie News

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Mid North Coast entertainment companies have welcomed new funding available to share the costs of running agricultural fairs next year. Volunteers from the Camden Haven Show Society, Wauchope Show Society and Kempsey Show Society all plan to ask for help using the New Wales Government’s $ 5million National Broadcasts Support Program of South. The package was announced on Tuesday, December 14 after two years of disruptions and cancellations for agricultural fairs across New South Wales. Kempsey Show Society president Stewart Witchard said it’s likely that every show society that has canceled an event since 2019 will try to apply for funding. “We’re definitely going to apply for funding because we’ve had two years with no income other than $ 15,000 in federal funding and our fixed overhead is around $ 20,000 per year,” he said. declared. “We want to put on a great show for the community on April 26-27, 2022, but all of the companies have increased running costs and somewhat fixed income with ticket sales.” We cannot increase the price of tickets from as the community moves into the corn our water, electricity and overhead costs continue to increase each year. Camden Haven Show Society president Greg Watson said his committee would meet in January to apply for funding. “Anything we can do to invest in the land is worthwhile and upgrading the facilities would be great. We are going to put our hats on in the ring, ”he said. “We haven’t had a show for the past two years which really affects what we can do in the community. This type of funding is certainly a good thing and we will meet as a committee to discuss it. Wauchope Show Society president Neil Coombes said the show committee always read the finer details of grants. a board discussion about what we were going to spend it on. Farm shows and farm days contribute more than $ 1 billion to the economy each year and attract more than six million patrons, while being supported by more than 50,000 volunteers according to AgShows NSW. AgShows NSW President Tim Capp said funding is available to ensure the sustainability of the AgShows and Farm Show companies or Field Days they organize. NSW’s regional support for our NSW shows can plan their 2022 event to bring communities together, celebrate local agriculture, improve local well-being, and encourage old and new volunteers to get involved in one of the most big events on their local community calendar, ”he said. “Farm shows are an integral part of Australian culture and are the most authentic and accessible presentation of Australian agriculture and regional life. Across the state, more than 130 shows and field days have unfortunately been canceled due to COVID-19. These cancellations have an impact on the community, the local economy, the agricultural competition and the volunteers, who number in the hundreds and thousands. “Funding of up to $ 15,000 will be available for small shows with an audience of less than 2,000 on any day of the event, while medium and large shows can apply for up to $ 30,000 and 45. $ 000 respectively. the recent past has been disrupted by drought, bushfires, floods and COVID-19. This vital funding will help entertainment companies organize their future events, with the responsibility now on shows to apply. “It is money well spent for governments to support our entertainment companies who shed their blood, sweat and tears in these brilliant events which bring so much to the community, to agriculture and to tourism.” The $ 5 million Country Show Support Program is part of the NSW government’s $ 200 million regional stimulus package. Applications close on Friday April 29 of next year or when funding is exhausted. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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