10 January 2019

Royal Canberra Show halves cost of parking

| Ian Bushnell
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Athol Chalmers announced the move this morning. File photo.

Parking at the 2019 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show will be half the cost of last year and most of the proceeds will go to the Country Women’s Association.

Royal National Capital Agricultural Society CEO, Athol Chalmers announced the move this morning, saying the cost of parking at this year’s Show, from Friday 22 February to Sunday 24 February, will be $5, down from $10 in 2018.

“As part of the Canberra Show’s commitment to engage with the community and make the show more accessible and affordable, we have decided to halve the cost of parking in 2019 from $10 to $5,” Mr Chalmers said.

He said that the majority of the funds raised from parking fees would go directly to supporting local rural families through the Country Women’s Association.

“The majority of parking fees will go directly to the Monaro and Southern Tablelands Groups of the Country Women’s Association to support local families and especially assist their children in regard to education,” Mr Chalmers said.

The CWA is Australia’s largest women’s organisation. It lobbies for change, helps local communities, provides education grants to students and creates networks of support in towns and cities.

President of Southern Tablelands Group, Leanne Lourigan said: “We are very pleased that the Canberra Show in its 92nd year has partnered with the CWA in its 97th year to assist in delivering services to local rural families.”

The 50 per cent cut in parking costs and support for the CWA is a response to community feedback that parking has been too expensive in previous years and there needed to be stronger local community engagement.

This is the third major announcement made by the Royal Canberra Show after announcing ticket prices will be up to 40 per cent cheaper (online) and that the Show will feature a major new initiative, “Canberra on Show”, showcasing Canberra’s community this year.

For more information and to buy tickets go www.canberrashow.org.au.

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If they can budget for $5 parking, why were they previously ripping us off at $10?

If they have the light rail running by then I will probably attend, parking somewhere along the route for nix.

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