House debates

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Statements by Members

Maleny Agricultural Show

1:53 pm

Photo of Andrew WallaceAndrew Wallace (Fisher, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

The Maleny show in my electorate of Fisher is the best in Queensland. Actually, no, it's the best in Australia. The event brings thousands of visitors to Maleny every year and gives Sunshine Coast locals the opportunity to reconnect with country life. It was very disappointing for all of us when the show was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. However, thanks to a Morrison government grant of $486,111 announced last week, I am delighted to say that next year's Maleny show will be our best yet. The grant will be used by the show society to build a new workshop, shed and office space, providing more capacity for putting together an even better event and improved facilities for other community clubs that use the showgrounds. It will also pay for accessible amenities to make it easier for people with disabilities to get involved in the show. This is going to benefit our whole community by providing desperately needed work for local builders in the short term and by drawing more visitors to Maleny in the years to come. This is yet another example of the federal government investing in the Sunshine Coast to help us emerge stronger than ever from this COVID-19 crisis. Congratulations to President—and now Councillor—Winston Johnson and the Maleny Show Society team. I can't wait to set up my marquee again next year and get stuck into all the great things that the show has to offer.