Thursday, 22 March 2018 06:49

Agricultural societies can't relax despite assurance

Written by  Ryan Dahlman
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Well, at least it sounds like a plan.

Shay Anderson,  Alberta provincial Municipal Affairs Minister while addressing delegates on the middle day of the March 19-21 convention for the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) in Edmonton, Alberta agricultural societies would have access to $35 million for the next three years.
Provincial had been a source of a lot of angst amongst those involved in Alberta agricultural societies who can no longer depend on small fundraisers which don't generate a lot of funding.
Everything is so expensive, playground equipment can easily run into hundreds of thousands of dollars, community infrastructure like ball diamonds, arena improvements, social clubs, non-athletic groups and of course anything agriculture-related groups... anything that will help the community and surrounding region.
Now, the trick for these agricultural societies to learn how to access that funding (if they didn't know how to do it before).
It's up to the AAMDC and the Alberta Association of Agriculture Societies to ensure that all Alberta's agriculture societies are able to access this funding and not just those who have the best accountants or who are from centres with larger population numbers.
Those on these local board need to know how to access this funding. They need
There is always the concern that everything is getting centralized and that the rural area is evaporating. While you can't have a hospital in every community or even a school, there are still people who don't work in office buildings and while the population numbers don't necessarily stand out on some bureaucrat accountant's spreadsheet, everyone needs a fair shot at the funding and it needs to be fairly (not necessarily equally) distributed.
It's a step in the right direction and should allieviate some problems and angst but the story doesn't end there.

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