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Powell Media Release – Local shows help keep the pulse steady (2 December 2013)

Regional Queensland traditions are being kept alive with the Newman Government providing a $11,262 boost for the Maleny Show Society, and a $6598 boost for the Woodford Agricultural, Pastoral & Industrial Association.

The money has been allocated through a Local Government grants program and is designed to ensure communities throughout Queensland continue to host their signature events.

The Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the Maleny and Woodford shows gave their communities an annual opportunity to come together and promote what’s great about them.

“Community shows let us showcase what we can do, as well as provide entertainment for all of the family,” Mr Powell said.

“In a year when many of the state’s communities have been through so much it’s especially important to have an event that everyone can look forward to.”

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said the money was part of the Newman Government’s push to empower local communities and strengthen regional Queensland.

“There are more than 130 agricultural shows in Queensland and more than half of those are in areas that were savaged during this year’s floods,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“Most of the other areas are now being hit by drought, so more than ever it’s important to prioritise what needs to be done to maintain a strong heartbeat in the bush.”

ENDS – 2 December 2013

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