Support Announced for 2023 Koorawatha Show

Koorawatha Show will shine brighter and bigger than ever in 2023, thanks to funding from the NSW Government’s Country Shows Support Package.

The Koorawatha Show Society Inc. was awarded $11,594 to support the delivery of the 2023 Koorawatha Show and allow a return and recovery after the challenges faced in recent years.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the Country Shows Support Package has been delivering funding across the electorate with Koorawatha joining Cowra, Gundagai and Woodstock Shows as successful applicants.

“The 2022 Koorawatha Show held earlier this month, was an absolute hit thanks to the hard-working committee, so I am excited to see what will be in store at next years show through this funding boost,” Ms Cooke said.

These grants will provide certainty to show organisers to lock in suppliers, hire equipment and purchase goods, which is also great news for local businesses,” Ms Cooke said.

“Our local shows are a fantastic tradition and this grant will ensure they continue to delight people and be a part of our history for many generations to come.”

Koorawatha Show Society Inc. Secretary Mary Gee said the grant will allow the committee to purchase much needed equipment to support the delivery of future shows.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this funding from the NSW Government which will make next year’s show even better and will assist the show to continue well into the future,” Mrs Gee said.

“Putting in a new fridge and stove in the canteen and purchasing new tables for the pavilion is a high priority.”

“Other items on the agenda include high visibility vests for volunteers to assist them at the show, and a new numbering system within the horse rings which will make things safer and easier for exhibitors.”

“This year’s show was a huge success with the craft, cattle and horse sections all attracting strong entries so we can’t wait to see what 2023 will bring.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the $5 million Country Shows Support Package provides a funding opportunity for the 190 agricultural shows that are planned across NSW.

“It’s been a tough few years for country shows, with drought, bushfires, storms, floods and COVID-19 disrupting plans, but as they say, the show must go on and these grants are helping make that happen,” Mr Toole said.

“Country shows are the heartbeat of so many rural communities – they not only celebrate the best of the best in the community but allow visitors to experience the tastes, sights and sounds of the bush.

“It’s also a big win for competitors who have spent years perfecting events like wood-chopping, show jumping or baking, as they can now focus on earning the points needed to compete at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.”

The $5 million Country Shows Support Package is part of the NSW Government’s $200 million Regional Recovery Package, which will deliver long term support and certainty for the regions as the state reopens.

Applications are open until Friday, 29 April 2022, or when funding is exhausted. For further information, including program guidelines and eligibility criteria, go to:

Koorawatha Commemorates with Restored Honour Rolls

Les Sutherland, Steph Cooke MP, Jane Fisher and Terry D'Elboux stand in front of the restored Honour Rolls.
Les Sutherland, Steph Cooke MP, Jane Fisher and Terry D’Elboux with the restored Honour Rolls.

The Koorawatha community will continue to commemorate their war service for years to come, with restoration work completed to the town’s Honour Rolls.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke joined members of the community in unveiling the restored rolls, funded through a $9,680 grant from the NSW Community War Memorial Fund.

Ms Cooke said the project would ensure the names of those who had served would continue to be remembered for generations.

“Koorawatha, like so many of our small communities, gave so much in the defence of our nation, it is only right we do everything we can to ensure their names live on,” Ms Cooke said.

“These rolls are more than 100 years old and reflect the Koorawatha community’s loss in times of war, I am so proud we have been able to support their restoration.”

“Community war memorials are the stand in for thousands of final resting places around the globe, they deserve to be maintained to ensure future generations understand our history.”

Secretary of the Koorawatha Progress Association Jane Fisher said it was wonderful to have the rolls back home.

“Our community was concerned for the honour rolls because they were beginning to deteriorate. We are thrilled to have them restored and preserved so they can last at least another hundred years,” Mrs Fisher said.

““There are 66 names of people from the town and district who volunteered for service in WWI. The original honour roll was unveiled on 1st February 1919 which was so soon after the end of the war.”

“The Honour Roll for WWII was made in a matching style and the two have stood side by side in the front alcove of the Koorawatha Regional Rooms ever since.”

“These rolls are full of local names and have been beautifully restored and preserved by Art and Archival in Canberra. It was so wonderful to have them back in time for Anzac Day.”