Thursday best day for Rockhampton Show holiday - society

Sideshow alley action at the 2013 Rockhampton Show. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Sideshow alley action at the 2013 Rockhampton Show. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK070613srokshow

COUNCILLOR Ellen Smith says having the 2015 Rockhampton Show public holiday on a Thursday could cost the event patronage from workers in the resources sector.

She told the Rockhampton Regional Council meeting yesterday that many workers, as well as families from outlying centres, came to the show when they had a long weekend to make the journey.

The Rockhampton Agricultural and Citizens Show Society will run the 2015 show, to be held on June 10 to 12. It has proposed the public holiday be on the Thursday, June 11.

It wrote to the council, asking that it apply to the Attorney-General to have the public holiday appointed.

The council yesterday referred the matter to its performance and services committee on August 26 and voted in favour of Cr Smith liaising with the show society on the matter. But show society secretary Dawn Hay said consultation had shown that Thursday was the most appropriate day for the holiday.

"It was thoroughly discussed and agreed to at local society level, community level and Queensland Show Society level," she said.

"Our feedback showed that this was the best day we could have."

Ms Hay said the Rockhampton Show had been brought forward a week to avoid a clash with the Yeppoon Show.

"Primarily, our job was to get the best days for Rockhampton, to provide the best opportunity for our show to be outstanding and viable," she said.

"We had to make choices and fit in with other shows. We know that whatever date is chosen, it will never suit everyone.

"We are a new society and we are doing our best to work within the confines of the dates we were given."

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