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Four regional agricultural show societies in O’Connor will share in $440,000 in funding to upgrade and reinvigorate ageing show grounds.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the funding forms part of the $20 million Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program.

“Agricultural shows are a major drawcard for our regional towns, many of which have had to cancel events this year due to COVID-19,” Mr Wilson said.

“I attend most of the regional shows in O’Connor every year and have seen first-hand some of the ageing infrastructure in need of upgrades.

“These grants will help show societies, most of which are run by volunteers, to refurbish their show grounds and facilities, so when their next event rolls around it will be even more attractive to show goers.

“The grants will also serve as a much needed cash injection in the wake the COVID-19 outbreak.”

Mr Wilson said ag shows are the heart and soul of regional communities in O’Connor.

“They bring and keep communities together, link the country to the city and provide a key boost to these local economies.

“Upgrading show facilities means more visitors to these regional events, more local employment, and more tills ringing in local businesses.”

Successful applicants in O’Connor include:

Esperance & Districts Agricultural Society

$19,494.00 to fit-out the ram shed with the purchase and installation of portable sheep pens at the Greater Sports Ground, and obtain short-term rental of office space for use by the Show Society, for the duration of safety upgrades to the Sports Ground office being carried out by the Shire. 

Katanning Agricultural Society Inc

$124,987 to upgrade power supply infrastructure and construct extensions to shearing shed including kitchen, office area, judges’ work space and secure storage for baled wool and wool presses at the Katanning Leisure and Function Centre. 

Wagin Agricultural Society         

$89,000 to replace and upgrade the existing camping facilities (ablutions block) and First Aid Post building at Wagin Recreation Grounds

Upper Blackwood Agricultural Society Inc           

$206,566.00 to construct new ablution block facilities including showers, toilets and wheel chair accessible facilities in the existing brick exterior and roof pitch of the facilities at the Dinninup Showgrounds.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.