The show will go on, with $120K boost
WHILE there will be no Mitchell Show this year, the future of the community event has been secured, after the federal government announced they would invest more than $120,000 into the showgrounds.
Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the $124,360 boost, which comes through the Federal Government’s Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program, ensured the future of the region’s shows, the “heart and soul” of the community.
“The Mitchell Show is a major drawcard for the Maranoa region and this funding will help the Show Society make it an even more memorable event for the future,” Mr Littleproud said.
“Apart from painting the pavilion and installing security cameras, water infrastructure will be installed to keep the main area green and the livestock yards with permanent water supply. Fencing works will also be undertaken.
“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.
“Im a firm believer in bringing people together and improving community services across Maranoa because it has a positive flow-on effect on our quality of life and how we support each other – making improvements to the Mitchell Showgrounds reflects this.”
Mr Littleproud said upgrading the show facilities would mean more visitors could partake in these regional events, and have a flow on effect to 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,” he said.
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.