Steph Cooke stands with an award-winning cattle shower.
The NSW Government is offering grants of up to $5000 to local shows.

The New South Wales Government is working to make sure the show will go on around the Cootamundra electorate, with grants available to relieve the pressure of crippling drought and bushfires.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the Government will act as a sponsor for shows with grants of up to $5,000 available from the $170 million Drought Stimulus Package.

“I can’t imagine our region without our shows. Not only do they bring visitors to our region and give people the chance to compete in events at a state-wide level, but they help us all come together,” she said.

“The drought is biting many of our towns hard, I am so pleased the Government is working to keep shows going this year with these grants.”

“Keeping shows going means money keeps flowing through our towns, so I urge organisers to apply for these grants.”

Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said organisers could use the sponsorship money to employ local contractors, hire local equipment or for other show-related expenses.

“Shows bring together all the best things about a community, they give people a reason to come together and have fun, whether that’s cheering at a wood chopping event, competing for the best raspberry jam or visiting the livestock sheds,” Mrs Taylor said.

“As we deal with the devastating impact of bush fires and drought, it is going to be important for people to have a way to escape the pressures they are facing.

Every show society in regional NSW will be able to apply for funding. Head to https://rgf.smartygrants.com.au/CountryShowsSponsorship to start your application.

For up to date information about the NSW Government’s Bush Fire Recovery effort, check out http://www.service.nsw.gov.au.

For further information about the NSW Government’s Drought Stimulus Package, go to http://www.nsw.gov.au/droughtstimuluspackage.

Steph Cooke stands in a poultry shed in  the Cootamundra Electorate.