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Show goes on thanks to funding

Lez Gallard getting the showground up to scratch with the help of money donations from the Tweed Shire Council. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News
Lez Gallard getting the showground up to scratch with the help of money donations from the Tweed Shire Council. Photo: Nolan Verheij-Full / Tweed Daily News Nolan Verheij-full

SOME of the Tweed's most beloved community events were among the beneficiaries when the Tweed Shire Council presented its latest round of festivals and events grants last week.

A total of $57,000 in grants was presented to 16 groups for 2014/2015.

A handover ceremony was held at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre, where the Tweed River Agricultural Society Murwillumbah Show, in its 114th year, received $7500.

The agricultural society's vice president Alan Brown said the event, which was held from October 31 to November 1, would be able to continue to offer residents free entry because of the donation.

"Without that support we wouldn't be able to allow every family to come and go from the show as they please, and the only show left in NSW to do so."

The show is a favourite with residents and features competitions in commercial beef, stud beef, dogs, sheep, dairy cattle, sugar cane, art, gardening and inter-school categories.

It takes more than 400 volunteers' help to run the show in addition to the grant, and donations from Resource Recovery and the Southern Cross Credit Union.

"If we didn't get that support we'd have to sell a lot more hamburgers at the sausage sizzle," Mr Brown said.

"It's getting harder and harder to find sponsorship.

"But on the other side of the coin, through the show society, any money that the council does give is repayed back over and over in the community."

BIG TICKET ITEMS

Tweed Valley Banana Festival $7500

Tweed Food Fest $5000

World Environment Day Festival $5000

Murwillumbah Show $7500

Australian Longboard Surfing Festival $5000

Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts $7500

Tyalgum Music Festival $6000

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