Show bags full of cash

FIVE of the region's top show events have received a boost in the shape of show bags full of cash from Desley Boyle.

Organisers of the Fraser Coast Show, along with those at Gayndah, Biggenden, Childers and the Teebar campdraft and rodeo, have all been praised highly by the Local Government Minister for their efforts year in year out.

The Fraser Coast Show Society picks up almost $37,000 in government funding, with the Teebar country extravaganza securing $8544.

Biggenden receives $6833, Gayndah picks up $9414 and the Isis District Agricultural and Industrial Society gets a $5000 injection.

“Annual shows are very important events on the local calendar,” Ms Boyle said.

“They give locals an opportunity to come out and have a good time, check out the displays, marvel at the competitions and bump into friends they haven't seen for a while.

“This funding will help support next year's show events, with plans no doubt well and truly under way for great show days in 2010.”

In total, shows across the Wide Bay-Burnett area will receive funding in excess of $260,000 in grants for local groups.

“As well as hosting major community festivals and exhibitions, showgrounds around the state often double as key sporting and recreation precincts, with a wide variety of organisations using them regularly.

“For that reason, the funding is used to keep these community assets in good shape as well as stage the local shows.”

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