Local Shows Receive Government Support

04/12/2013

Regional Queensland traditions are being kept alive with the Newman Government providing a $41,555 boost for two local show societies.

The money, $9,728 for Dayboro AH&I Association and $31,827 for Pine Rivers AH&I Association, has been allocated through a Local Government grants program and is designed to ensure communities throughout Queensland continue to host their signature events.

Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said these local shows gave the community an annual opportunity to come together and promote what's great about the area.

"The Dayboro and Pine Rivers Shows let us showcase what we can do, as well as provide cost effective entertainment for all of the family," Mr Holswich said.

"In a year when many of the state's communities have been through so much, it's especially important to have an event that everyone can look forward to."

Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, said the money was part of the Newman Government's push to empower local communities and strengthen regional Queensland.

"There are more than 130 agricultural shows in Queensland and more than half of those are in areas that were savaged during this year's floods," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"Most of the other areas are now being hit by drought, so more than ever, it's important to prioritise what needs to be done to maintain a strong heartbeat in Queensland's regions."

"Our local shows engender a strong sense of community and build pride in our region."

"We're pleased to be able to support these critical community events."