The Cunnamulla Show will benefit from a funding boost from the federal government.
The Cunnamulla Show will benefit from a funding boost from the federal government.

Funding will raise the bar at future outback show

A NEW $480,000 multipurpose function centre, fitted out with a full bar, will transform the Cunnamulla Showgrounds, and will hopefully attract more visitors to the shire’s major event.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the Cunnamulla Show was a major drawcard for the Paroo region, and the funding, through the Federal Government’s Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program, would help the show society make it an even more memorable event in the future.

“The Cunnamulla Show Society will make use of the $480,000 to build a multipurpose function centre, fitted out with a bar and cold room,” he said.

“This is great news for the community – which has been battling through this severe drought – and will encourage people to come together and make use of a venue that is sure to bring many laughs and good times.

“Shows are the heart and soul of our regional communities, and when their next event rolls around, these upgrades will make the event even more attractive to show goers.”

Mr Littleproud said he was a firm believer in bringing people together and improving community services across the Maranoa.

“It has a positive flow-on effect on our quality of life and how we support each other – making improvements to the Cunnamulla Showgrounds reflects this,” he said.

“Upgrading show facilities means more visitors to these regional events, more local employment, and more tills ringing in local businesses.

“I want to see our shows continue to grow in size and popularity, and bridge the rural/urban divide.”

A total of 122 regional shows received a portion of funding through the $20 million Regional Agricultural Show Development grants program. Show societies in Maranoa received more than $3.4 million.

Charleville Western Times

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