Narromine Agricultural Show Society receives funding from Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities program

The Narromine Show Society.
The Narromine Show Society.

The Narromine Agricultural Show Society has received a $5000 boost to invest in infrastructure and equipment for the community.

The funding was provided by Bayer as part of the Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities (ACFGC) grant program, in partnership with Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

President of the Narromine Agricultural Show Society Bill Gibbs said the funding was a welcome boost to help the community event grow, and much needed especially during the dry times.

"It helps us a hell of a lot," he said.

"Times are pretty tough for everyone within the community, and that goes on to us as well, so getting a little grant from the Cotton Growers Association was very much appreciated."

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Mr GIbbs said the committee would be using the funding to purchase new PA systems and gazebos for the Show.

"The PA systems will go towards helping promote things at the Show like the prime lamb competition that made its way back to the show last year, and announcing things at the yard dog trials, also helping with junior judging at the cattle section and also a few other things within the Show around the place," he said.

The Narromine Agricultural Show Society was one of 30 not-for-profit organisations in NSW and Queensland to receive the funding.

The majority of grant funding will be used to invest in infrastructure and equipment, and 23 per cent of funds are being used to provide activities and services.

"There are many challenges associated with the drought for people living in rural Australia at the moment, and so there was a strong focus on developing organisational resilience, as was supporting lifelong learning, education and training," said FRRR CEO Natalie Egleton.

"These grants will not only boost morale in the short-term but also create a lasting impact, as FRRR's research shows that communities typically leverage a grant three times over."

Mr Gibbs said they are always looking for new members to join their committee of volunteers.

"We're always looking for new people, we're sort of running on skeleton staff at the moment," he said.

"We'd like to make the show bigger and better, but what's really holding us back at the moment is obviously the drought and the number of people on the committee.

"So if anyone wants to come and do something on the committee they're more than welcome to come and join us."