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Yarrawonga & Border Agricultural & Pastoral Association show grant

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Yarrawonga and Border Agricultural and Pastoral Association will receive a $4494 grant from the Victorian Coalition Government to help improve Yarrawonga’s annual show.


Member for Murray Valley, Tim McCurdy, said agricultural and pastoral shows were a rich and valued event on the yearly calendar providing a focus on agriculture, craftsmanship and skilled animal handling.


“It takes a lot of work each year by a small team of dedicated volunteers to organise the show and the Coalition Government is proud to support these volunteers by investing in grants to help improve facilities,” Mr McCurdy said.


Mr McCurdy said the Yarrawonga and Border Agricultural and Pastoral Association had successfully applied for $4494 to plant trees around the perimeter of the showground arena.


The society will contribute $1 for every $2 provided by the Government.


“The Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants Program is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to rural and regional Victoria,” Mr McCurdy said.


“We have also reversed the restrictive changes Labor made to public holidays which removed councils’ ability to choose their own public holiday. Our agricultural and pastoral shows were missing out on valuable turnover because Labor’s one-size-fits-all approach resulted in declining attendance.


“This program gives further support to our shows by funding improvements to facilities that would otherwise not be upgraded,” Mr McCurdy said.


Yarrawonga and Border Agricultural and Pastoral Association president Ash Mulquiney said the funds for tree planting would prove beneficial in to the future.


“The idea is to beautify the area,” Mr Mulquiney said.


“The fence around the showgrounds was replaced so planting an avenue of new trees trees is the next step.

“The trees will provide shade for people watching activities in the arena and for the general community it will improve the showgrounds for those that utilise this facility.”


The trees are expected to be planted next year.


Mr McCurdy congratulated members of the Yarrawonga and Border Agricultural and Pastoral Association committee for their commitment to hosting the show.


“I encourage all members of the community to support their annual show.”


 

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