Country show organisers across the Dubbo electorate will be able to make plans with certainty, thanks to a NSW Government program providing financial support to ensure these much-loved community events come back bigger and better than ever.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the $5 million Country Shows Support Package can provide funding for a range of reasons, including to make sure shows are COVID Safe, subsidising stall fees, equipment hire, upgrading facilities or engaging local artists or musicians.
“Country shows are the heartbeat of our communities,” Mr Saunders said.
“After years of drought, COVID and now flooding, the social connection these events provide is more important than ever.
“This year’s Dubbo Show was the biggest on record, and also made history as one of the first shows to embrace our Dine and Discover vouchers for online ticket sales. Now we can provide even more support for these events, which is great to see.”
Funding of up to $15,000 will be available to small shows with an audience of less than 2,000 people across all event days, while medium and large shows can apply for up to $30,000 and $45,000 respectively.
The $5 million Country Shows Support Package is part of the NSW Government’s $200 million Regional Recovery Package, which will deliver long term support and certainty for the regions as the state reopens.
Applications close on Friday, 29 April 2022, or when funding is exhausted. For more information, including program guidelines and eligibility criteria, go to www.nsw.gov.au/CountryShows.