Funding pledged for the Whittlesea Agricultural Society

The Whittlesea Agricultural Society will benefit from funding increases whether the Labor or Liberal parties win this month’s state election.

Yan Yean Labor candidate Lauren Kathage has pledged $50,000 for the Whittlesea Show if she is re-elected.

Yan Yean’s Liberal candidate, Richard Welch, has pledged $280,000 for upgrading the electrical infrastructure at the Whittlesea Showgrounds.

This year’s Whittlesea Show was due to be held on November 5-6, but was postponed because the Whittlesea Showgrounds was too wet and muddy following recent heavy rain.

The show started as a fair in 1859.

“The Whittlesea Show is a staple for our community, plays an important role in educating children about the agricultural industry and showcases the best of our state’s world-class produce,” said Ms. Kathage,

“Work does what matters – ensuring the much-loved Whittlesea Show can continue to be on families’ calendars for years to come.”

The Whittlesea Showgrounds is home to the Whittlesea Show, Whittlesea Monday Market, Whittlesea Rodeo, Football and Cricket Clubs, Men’s Shed and Horse and Pony Club.

According to the Liberals, the buildings at the fairgrounds have no electrical connection, which means that events require the rental or purchase of generators.

Lana T. Arthur