Royal Shows to share in $25m funding boost

The Federal Government will allocate $25 million in funding to help the hundreds of agricultural shows across the country recover after being cancelled due to the pandemic.

The Royal Shows in Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane all had their shows cancelled over the last year and will now share in a $12 million funding pool.

The Queensland Royal Show, known as Ekka, was cancelled two years in a row.

“This funding ensures the Ekka keeps that tradition alive,” said Agriculture Minister David Littleproud.

“We are continuing to back these iconic events with a further $25 million to help ease cash flow pressures for event organisers and provide rent relief to our showmen and women who bring life and colour to the shows.

“Agricultural shows and field days contribute more than $1 billion to the economy annually, attract more than 6 million patrons, and are supported by more than 50,000 volunteers and more than 4,000 showmen and women.”