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Agricultural shows receive boost

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The Federal Government has announced a multi-million dollar funding boost for agricultural shows across the country.

The Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania has welcomed the $36 million support package saying the funding ensures the survival of the Royal Hobart Show.

“The Show may be cancelled this year because of Coronavirus restrictions, but subject to restrictions in 2021, we can now plan with more confidence for the 2021 Show and beyond,” Scott Gadd, Society CEO said.

The Royal Hobart Show is the oldest royal show in Australia, now just one year short of 200 years.

The Society will receive $500,000 through the package.

“We are also pleased to note that the state’s other agricultural shows will receive funding under the package. Through Agricultural Shows Australia we’ve worked hard to bring the plight of the entire sector to the attention of government. Local agricultural shows are part of the fabric of regional Tasmania, and federal support means most shows in Tasmania - 24 in all - should now survive."

The Government’s Supporting Agricultural Shows program will provide a one-off reimbursement to agricultural show societies to deal with cash flow pressures caused by COVID-19-related cancellation of agricultural shows.

Mr Gadd says despite today's announcement, the 2020 Hobart Show won't be resurrected due to the long lead-in period for organising the event.