By Abbey Cannan
The Noosa Show Society will continue to delight, entertain and connect the community after receiving a $14,419 grant from the Queensland Government’s Show Societies Grants Program.
Noosa Show Society president Charlie Pattison said the funding would assist them with the costs involved in keeping the showgrounds in good condition until the next Show which will be held on 9 and 10 September 2021.
“We greatly appreciate this funding as it will allow us to carry on with our planned facility upgrades including improved access to the pavilion, new bench seating around the main arena and at the wood chopping, new portable grandstands, removal of debris and rubbish along with our normal maintenance programs and mowing schedule,“ Mr Pattison said.
Noosa wasn’t the only show society to receive a helping hand, with Eumundi Park Recreation and Showgrounds Association, Kenilworth Show and Rodeo Sub-Committee and Maleny Show Society also receiving their share of grant money.
“It has taken a lot of financial pressure and uncertainty from our budgets and lets us get on with planning next year’s show,“ Mr Pattison said.
“Our next General Meeting will be held Wednesday 7 October at 7pm in our main pavilion and I would personally like to invite all members as well as anyone else who might be interested in the planning of our 2021 show to attend.
“If you are interested but can’t make it to the meeting please contact Carole at our office on (07) 5485 2331 between 9am to 4:30pm (except Thursdays) or Charlie on 0404 062 108.“
Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe said the importance of the local show will be even greater in 2021, helping Queensland communities unite and recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The local show plays an enormous role in bringing communities together to meet, compare, compete and most importantly, connect,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“With many shows having to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, their return will give local communities a much-needed lift.
“The local show is such an important part of the fabric of our regions, towns and cities, and offer a terrific opportunity for locals to showcase their produce, livestock and artisanship.
“On top of that, they give local economies a boost right across the state.
“I appreciate the time and preparation involved in making each show a success and I applaud the work the show societies carry out, usually with limited resources.”