Hawkesbury District Agricultural Association can apply now for pandemic payment
Following the cancellation of the Hawkesbury Show in March, the COVID-19 hit Hawkesbury District Agricultural Association can now apply for a one-off payment under the Morrison Government’s $39 million Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program.
The program provides operational support for agricultural shows societies and organisers of agricultural field days forced to cancel their scheduled show or field day in 2020 because of COVID-19.
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, encouraged the Association to apply for the funding opportunity.
“The Hawkesbury Show not only helps boost the local economy, drawing in thousands of locals and visitors alike, but it highlights the very best of what the Hawkesbury has to offer,” Senator Payne said.
“I’ve written to the President of the Association, Ross Matheson, to make sure they’re aware of this grant program.”
Chair of Agricultural Shows Australia Dr Rob Wilson welcomed the opening of applications and urged agricultural show societies forced to cancel their 2020 show to apply.
“Agricultural shows have been impacted by COVID-19 and this financial support will assist planning to begin for shows in 2021 and will provide the local communities the confidence to engage and participate, to ensure these Australian iconic events to continue,” Dr Wilson said.
“This program supports Agricultural shows and field days across the country, right down to the smallest country show.”
Secretary of the Association of Agricultural Field Days of Australasia Ms Wendy Franklin also welcomed the opening of applications.
“I welcome this program because it will provide the funding that many agricultural field day organisers will need to keep their events running in a post-COVID-19 environment,” Ms Franklin said.
“This is good news not just for field days but the important agricultural industries they support.”
The Association has until 9 October 2020 to apply under the first funding round. Up to $70,000 can be received for eligible expenditure.
5 October 2020