Shows will go on

GYMPIE region’s show societies can breathe a sigh of relief with much-needed funding coming through from the State Government.

Show society members had been unsure whether they would be granted the funding this year.

However, Local Government Minister Desley Boyle announced funding of $63,000 from the State Government to be shared between the shows.

Ms Boyle said showgrounds were an important piece of community infrastructure.

Gympie District Show Society will receive $42,714, which will be spent on general improvements around the showground and the implementation of risk assessment and workplace health and safety.

Show secretary Melanie Green said the committee had exciting plans for the 2011 show.

“We would like to thank the government for their generous support,” Ms Green said.

Mary Valley Show Society will get $8784.

Show president Sue McMah said it would be spent on a building at the rodeo arena end of the grounds for a secretaries’ office and canteen.

Goomeri and District Show Society is set to receive $6706.

Kilkivan Show and Camp Draft Association president Mike Atthow said $5137 sounded like the same amount of funding they received every year.

“I wasn’t even sure we were going to get it this year,” Mr Atthow said.

“We will use the money to fence the spectator area off for safety reasons.”

Ms Boyle said it was important for the Queensland Government to support regional shows.

“From fairy floss to prize-winning livestock, annual shows are a big event on every local calendar,” Ms Boyle said.

“A whole range of community groups use showgrounds for festivals, exhibitions, sporting and cultural events and other occasions by a range of community groups.

“Show societies can use this funding to maintain their assets as well as support the operating costs of running local shows.”

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