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Updated: Mar 4


The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP

Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

The Hon Kevin Hogan MP

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister

Assistant Minister for Local Government

Federal Member for Page

Senator Dr Sam McMahon

Senator for the Northern Territory

10 January 2022


The Liberal and Nationals Government is investing $911,000 in a priority project in the Northern Territory, supporting local jobs, businesses and the resilience of local economies to help communities bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Made possible under the third phase of the Australian Government’s $2.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program, the project will be delivered by MacDonnell Regional Council.


The Council will receive $911.006 for shoulder widening of White Gum Drive at Amoonguna.


Senator for the Northern Territory Dr Sam McMahon said the funding reflects MacDonnell Regional Council’s top priorities and will ensure the needs of our local communities are met.


“With the challenges presented by COVID-19, bushfires, floods and other events, the past couple of years have been tough for communities, businesses and local councils,” Dr McMahon said.


“That’s why we have moved quickly to approve the funding, paving the way for shovels to hit the dirt to make them a reality.


“This will provide a vital boost for our local communities, backing local jobs and economic growth while delivering lasting upgrades that will benefit residents for years to come.”


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said $1 billion in funding is flowing under the third phase of the LRCI program to local councils across Australia to improve their local road networks and deliver priority community infrastructure projects.


“This builds on the $1.5 billion already approved to deliver more than 6,100 projects nationwide under the first two phases of the program,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.


“This program is having a significant impact across the country, with more than 2,000 projects already complete or under construction – delivering upgrades to local roads, bike paths, community halls, playgrounds, parks and sports facilities, as well as improved accessibility to public facilities.


“Phase 3 will build on this, delivering more jobs, more economic stimulus, and more of the local priority projects that communities need and deserve.”


Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan said the program forms part of the Liberal and Nationals unwavering commitment to back local councils and their communities through COVID-19 and secure a stronger future out the other side of the pandemic.


“We want to deliver the best outcomes for locals under this program, which is why we have listened and acted on council feedback, providing a longer delivery window for local governments to pursue larger, more complex projects that may be a higher priority and have a bigger impact on the community,” Assistant Minister Hogan said.


“We also get councils to use local businesses and workforces to deliver these projects as much as possible, ensuring this stimulus flows directly into the hands of hard-working Aussies, their families, their businesses and their communities.


“I look forward to seeing more projects get underway and supporting jobs and communities at this critical time.”


For more information on the $2.5 billion LRCI program, including the allocations for the $1 billion third phase, visit https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/local-roads-and-community-infrastructure/.


Media contact:

Deputy Prime Minister – Antony Perry | 0477 971 654 | Antony.Perry@infrastructure.gov.au Assistant

Minister Hogan – Mark Highfield | 0410 825 558 | Mark.Highfield@aph.gov.au

Senator McMahon – Lance Northey | 0411 876 162 | Lance.Northey@aph.gov.au



The Hon. David Littleproud MP

Agriculture and Northern Australia Deputy Leader of the Nationals

Senator Dr Sam McMahon

Senator for the Northern Territory

  • Applications for round two of the Agricultural Shows and Field Days program open 28 January 2022.

  • $7.9 million is available for eligible organisations.

  • Program helps support events after the disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Monday 10th January 2022

Maximum grant available (GST exclusive)

Applications under round two of the Coalition Government’s Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program will open on 28 January 2022.


Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud and Senator for the Northern Territory Dr Sam McMahon said the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program is a way to give show societies a much-needed cash injection after the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


“Agricultural shows and field days generate over $1 billion in sales for small businesses every year,” Minister Littleproud said.


“For some communities and charities, agricultural shows or field days are the financial boost they need to get them through the year.


“Not only are they essential for business, agricultural shows and field days provide a way for people to show off their latest innovations and technology, increasing productivity and profitability for all involved in the agriculture sector.”


Applications for support under this second round of funding open on 28 January 2022 and close on 17 February 2022.


Grants from $10,000 to $70,000 will be available for eligible show societies and field day organisations to help cover significant financial losses over the past two consecutive years due to events being cancelled because of COVID-19.


Applicants will be able to claim for eligible expenditure incurred for events cancelled in the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, up to the maximum capped amounts listed in the following table:



Senator for the Northern Territory Dr Sam McMahon said the support would go further than just dollars and cents.


“Economics aside, agricultural shows and field days are a great day out and provide the much needed opportunity for communities to come together, catch up and support each other,” Dr McMahon said.


“These grants provide show societies and field day organisations with the confidence they need to go ahead and plan their events in 2022 and beyond.”


Fast Facts:

  • The Coalition Government is providing over $83 million to support the growth and long-term sustainability of these important events.

  • $21 million has been allocated for round two of the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program.

  • The program is divided into two separate grant opportunities:

  • $7.9m - Agricultural Shows and Field Days

  • $13.1m - Capital City Royal Shows

  • The Agricultural Shows and Field Days grant opportunity opens for applications on 28 January and closes 17 February 2022.

  • Further information will be available on 28 January 2022 from the Community Grants Hub website (communitygrants.gov.au)

  • The Capital City Royal Shows grant opportunity is expected to open in early 2022.


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