New funding set to help agricultural societies improve facilities

New funding set to help agricultural societies improve facilities

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REGIONAL: Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas has announced $300,000 in funding for agricultural and pastoral socities.

REGIONAL: Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas has announced $300,000 in funding for agricultural and pastoral socities.

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Up to 46 new grants are up for grabs.

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Agricultural societies will have the chance to apply for up to $10,000 in funding to improve existing facilities thanks to a new grant launched by the state government.

Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said $300,000 in new funding would be made available for 46 projects that would improve regional agricultural and pastoral society facilities.

Examples of projects funded include equipment such as sanitiser stations, animal yards, fencing, shade covers and lighting or upgrades to shearing pavilions, luncheon halls, public amenities and viewing stands.

Ms Thomas said the upgrades would build confidence in the sector and support regional economies and jobs in the wake of the pandemic.

"Agricultural and pastoral societies play a crucial role for many regional communities, hosting events ranging from the annual shows to markets, dances, touring entertainment and more," Ms Thomas said.

Individual grants of up to $10,000 will help societies upgrade or establish new facilities, increase local involvement in show activities and create opportunities for agricultural businesses.

The support comes after societies experienced a tough year in 2020 with shows cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus.

"I look forward to heading along to some of the great shows our ... societies will be putting on this year as they bring our regional communities together and promote Victorian agriculture," Ms Thomas said.

For more information and to see a full list of grant recipients, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au.

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