TAMWORTH Regional Council is still in the giving mood with one village's show saved thanks to a cash donation.
Drought, like most of NSW, has taken hold in Manilla and its show society had difficulty attracting sponsorship cash from local businesses this year.
The organising committee reached out to the council looking for a one-off $6000 handout to help keep the show's coffers in good shape.
Councillors voted unanimously to approve the show society's request.
Manilla's Jim Maxwell abstained from voting on the matter as he is still the chairman of the town's show society.
Councillor Helen Tickle said it was "a very reasonable request" given the tough times Manilla was experiencing on account of the drought.
Phil Betts, who was acting mayor on the night of the vote, said the money was requested under "special circumstances".
"Council understand the strain that members and communities across the region are currently facing in light of the drought," he said.
"Any event that can bring a community together, lift spirits and provide a good time for those who need it is worthy of support."
Earlier at the meeting, the council voted against a $600 fee waiver request from the Nundle Amateur Swimming Club (NASC) which claimed its members were also impacted by the drought.
A report to councillors revealed staff had put the club in touch with the Salvation Army to access some form of drought relief.
"Council understands NASC has been in communication with the Salvation Army but NASC have declined to disclose if the club was successful in receiving financial assistance from the Salvation Army," the report said.
The council also declined a waiver request for the club in November 2017.
The councillors support of the Manilla show comes after the mayor Col Murray revealed the next budget was probably looking at a $1.5 million deficit for the next financial year.