ARARAT - The Ararat Show Society has been on the receiving end of a state government grant of more than $900 which has enabled the purchase of cable protectors, mesh fencing and bollards to improve safety.
The Nationals Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty said show societies across western Victoria shared in $265,830 from the Victorian Coalition Government to help improve and update facilities for the benefit of their local communities.
"Regional and rural show days provide a boost to local economies and an opportunity for communities to come together, while showcasing the area's agriculture to both locals and visitors," Mr Delahunty said.
"The Coalition Government recognises the important role that agricultural and pastoral shows play in their local communities and is committed to supporting them into the future.
"Under the 2013-14 Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants Program, the Ararat Show Society was successful in receiving a grant to help them to continue their great work."
Each year the grants program provides sums of up to $10,000 for improving facilities that promote agriculture and arts and crafts.
The program also offers grants of up to $8,000 to install or upgrade showground amenities and up to $5,000 for business activities such as workshops, planning and surveys.
The grants are conditional on show societies providing $1 for every $2 contributed by the Victorian Government.
For more information on the Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants program go to: www.depi.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding.