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Agricultural certainty

Agricultural certainty

Local Ag shows pleading for a plan

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has Implored the Andrews Government to back regional agricultural events that have been forced off the calendar due to COVID-19.

Events such as The Wimmera Machinery field days and Hamilton’s Sheepvention ... are an important part of the year for farmers and businesses alike.

The events attract people to spend time and money in the LOCAL area ... they employ teams of staff to manage and run them, and they offer fundraising opportunities for local clubs... and an opportunity for farmers and the community to connect with each other.

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The local economies of the towns that host these events always do well around the times of the events due to increased patronage at cafes, pubs and restaurants and Accomdation providers are usually booked out months in advance also.

While businesses can seek support towards site costs, hire costs, staff travel and accommodation for such events ... Ms Kealy says ... Field Days need more funding and certainty to continue to be fixtures in our local communities for many years to come.

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