Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (22:09:18): The Maitland community is thrilled that the 160th Hunter Agricultural and Horticultural Association's Maitland Show will go ahead in February 2021. It is the oldest continuous agricultural show in mainland Australia, starting in 1859. While last year's program did go ahead, after extreme heat, severe drought and fire emergencies the number of entries was well down.

Rural and regional shows are more than dodgem cars and Dagwood dogs: They are a chance for children to connect paddock to plate, for agriculturalists to showcase their food and fibre, for artists to display their works and for cooks to put forward their home-made delights.

The theme for this year's Maitland Show will be "Celebrating a resilient community". After 12 months of testing times, it will be a chance for our community to gather and celebrate the rich resilience of our agricultural sector.

I wish organiser Brett Gleeson and the show society committee all the best in putting on a fine show. I am looking forward to attending.