AGRICULTURAL shows and field days cancelled this year because of COVID-19 are being given financial help by the federal government.
The funding announced yesterday is based on the size and attendance of the events.
Up to $10,000 will go to those drawing less than 2000, up to $15,000 for those in the 2000 to 4999 range and up to $70,000 for events attracting 5000-plus.
Henty Machinery Field Days chief executive Belinda Anderson said the money was very welcome news.
"It'll just help us get through this period and be very useful to go towards running expenses," she said.
Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said: "With this spring shaping up as the best in years, it's heartbreaking we can't be at Henty next month, but at least this funding can cover some of the losses for the organising committee to ensure it's back on the calendar for 2021."
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Deputy Prime Minister and member for Riverina Michael McCormack, who announced the funding with Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, said the cash would available widely.
"All agricultural shows and field days that have cancelled their event in 2020 because of COVID-19 will be eligible and they will not have to compete for assistance," Mr McCormack said.
"Our agricultural field days are uniquely Australian and provide huge economic spin-offs for the local communities hosting them as well as opportunities for the businesses and services who exhibit.
"The famous Henty Machinery Field Days, near my electorate of Riverina, usually hosts up to 60,000 visitors from throughout Australia but had to be cancelled this year because of COVID-19."