Callum Mack, 6 and Joe Murray, 6, at the Rosewood Show. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times
Callum Mack, 6 and Joe Murray, 6, at the Rosewood Show. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times Inga Williams

Struggling country shows get major boost

THE region's country shows will get a breath of life to help keep people coming through the gates.

The State Government has announced it will provide almost $20,000 in funding to help keep Lowood, Marburg and Rosewood Shows alive.

Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said the importance of the local shows could not be understated.

"I am pleased to announce the government has allocated these funds to ensure locals can continue to come together at their show to connect, compete and let their hair down," Mr Madden said.

"Across Queensland the government has committed $2 million to 130 show societies and associations, to keep annual shows entertaining their communities and help generate more than $14 million in ticket sales, boosting local economies."

"This important funding will be used to help with operational costs such as repairs and maintenance, advertising and promotion, health and safety, equipment hire and insurance."

Funding summary:

  • $6,334 to the Lowood Show Society
  • $7,592 to the Marburg and District Agricultural and Industrial Association
  • $5,961 to the Rosewood Agricultural and Horticultural Association

Lowood Show Society Secretary, Janeen Schulz, said that the funding was of great importance to the show.

"We are a small country show and we try to provide a day's entertainment which suits everyone including the families, pensioners and youth in our area," she said..

"This (grant) helps us in the general running of our show each year. We mainly use it for our entertainment, advertising and utilities."

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said the local show is an important part of the fabric of Queensland communities.

"In recent years these much needed grants have kept Queensland's shows going and helped bring more than 1.2 million visitors through the gates," Ms Trad said.

"Many show societies have indicated that without this vital funding they would not be able to conduct their annual show and help generate more than $14 million in ticket sales, boosting local economies across the State."


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