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Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro has announced cash sponsorships for a number of shows in the Monaro, to ensure they continue to go ahead.

Mr Barilaro said with the ongoing drought and recent bushfires a number of shows across the State were cancelled.

“Our country shows play an important role in our region, by bringing the community together and giving a boost to local businesses,” Mr Barilaro said.

“It is important, especially during this extremely tough time for the region, that the NSW Government supports our country shows to ensure they still go ahead, despite the challenges.

“Through the Drought Stimulus Package sponsorships are now available to help with meeting immediate costs and employing local contractors, equipment hire businesses, suppliers and talent.

“Attending our region’s shows is always a highlight for me. Not only is it a chance to meet and catch up with locals, but I love to see the displays of what the Monaro produces.”

So far up to $5,000 sponsorships have been provided by the NSW Government to the Dalgety, Cooma, Nimmitabel and Bombala Shows.

“This funding means champions and competitors who have spent years pursuing their passion, whether it be woodchopping, show jumping or baking, can earn the local performance points needed to compete at the Sydney Royal Easter Show,” Mr Barilaro said.

Minister for Mental Health and Local MLC Bronnie Taylor said unfortunately some shows in the Monaro have had to be cancelled, due to the bushfires and extreme weather.

“The Nimmitabel Show had to be postponed, but we have worked with organisers to fund an event that will still give locals some of the fun activities and judging competitions they’d usually enjoy at a show,” Mrs Taylor said.

“These shows give people an opportunity to escape the daily pressures they are facing and I thank and congratulate the show committees, countless volunteers and exhibitors across the state who are working tirelessly to help these cherished community events go on.”

The NSW Government’s Country Shows sponsorship program is funded by the $170 million Drought Stimulus Package. For further information about the NSW Government’s Drought Stimulus Package, go to