|Show receives government grant
The NSW Government has stepped in with a $40,000 grant to help keep the 2017 Newcastle Regional Show afloat.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Catherine Cusack said the one-off grant from the government ensured the opportunity for the show to survive and thrive in recognition of its value to the local community.
“The iconic Newcastle Show is an important part of this community and has been bringing locals together and drawing visitors to the region for years,” Ms Cusack said.
“We look forward to restoring the show as a signature event for the entire Hunter Region and these funds will provide the best opportunity to achieve that.”
Ms Cusack acknowledged the show had suffered since 2008, when the show society lost control of its grounds and the society’s finances were further impacted by bad weather in 2012, 13 and 14.
For the show to have a sustainable future, the government will investigate alternative revenue streams to keep it afloat beyond 2017.
The show society has also recognised the need to modernise and extend its own efforts to ensure growth and its financial security.
Newcastle Show president Brett Gleeson welcomed the grants announcement.
“It is the first step in securing the show’s future,” Mr Gleeson said.
“We look forward to fruitful discussions with the government and other stakeholders to create a business model that is sustainable,” he said.
Mr Gleeson said the society acknowledged Ms Cusack’s advocacy to the Premier on the show’s behalf and also the endeavours of Newcastle state MP Tim Crackanthorp and Port Stephens state MP Kate Washington to help secure the funding.