25th May 2021


The best of the Sunshine Coast’s world-class agricultural produce will be front and centre at the 2021 Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show.


Member for Nicklin Rob Skelton said the show is #GoodtoGo thanks to more than $38,000 in funding from the Queensland Government’s 2020-21 Show Societies Grants Program.


“Sunshine Coast farmers are right up there with the world’s best and the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show is a great showcase for what the local industry is capable of,” Mr Skelton said.


“COVID-19 has been a tough time for our farmers, but we’ve stood by them and they are really kicking goals.


“Whether it is cattle or macadamias, finger limes or pineapples, or some of the tastiest strawberries you have ever tasted, our producers have earned a place on the world’s tables.”


Mr Skelton said confidence was returning to the agricultural industry.


“COVID-19 made 2020 a tough year, but our efforts to keep Queenslanders safe from the virus have put us in position to rebound quickly,” he said.


“Agriculture is an important part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan, our Sunshine Coast farmers are certainly playing a leading role locally.


“I hope this year’s show will be a real celebration of our farmers’ achievements.”


The Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show has been the mainstay of the Sunshine Coast community since the event was first held in Woombye over 120 years ago.


“While that first show only had a few exhibits and about 1550 attendees, the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show has grown to include over 120 stalls and expects to attract over 25,000 over 3 days.” He said.


Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show received $38,254 in funding through the 2020-21 Show Societies Grants Program that provides financial support for operating costs associated with annual agricultural shows, and costs towards new infrastructure, upgrades, and maintenance to showground facilities essential to its operation.


“It’s important to continue to hold events like these, as the economy continues to recover from the pandemic,” Mr Skelton said.


“Last year’s show could not go ahead because of COVID, which was a big hit to the Show Society.


I am proud to be a part of the Palaszczuk Government providing support to ensure this year’s Show can proceed.”