The Maleny Show

The Maleny Show is back. After a disappointing 2020, when COVID put an end to Queensland’s greatest exhibition, last week I had the honour of opening the 83rd Maleny Show and helping to bring city and country back together once again. President Winston Johnston and the Maleny Show Society team put on a fantastic event, with the full schedule of pavilion sections, a full livestock program, all the usual arts and crafts and a brand-new entertainment program, as well as, of course, my own stall. This weekend my community showed more than just our products; we showed that the Sunshine Coast hinterland is back and that we are thriving and prouder than ever before. Though there was no show last year, the society were not idle. With the help of a Morrison government grant of $486,111, the team built a new workshop, a shed, extended office facilities and new accessible amenities, which are not only a big improvement on what we had before but make it easier for people living with a disability to join in. On behalf of my community, I say a big thankyou to show society president Winston Johnston, secretary Lois White, treasurer Karen Lusk, vice-president Tanya Pratten, new vice-president Colin Sinclair and all the dozens and dozens of volunteers who make the show a reality.