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POLL: Do we need a public holiday during Beef Week?

Plenty of fine stock on display at Beef Australia last time
Plenty of fine stock on display at Beef Australia last time Chris Ison

IF BEEF Week organisers get their way, Rockhampton residents may have to spend one less day at work next year.

Today councillors will discuss the proposal to introduce a public holiday on Monday, May 4, 2015, which is day one of Beef Week.

During Beef Week 2012 the Labour Day public holiday fell on Monday, the first day of the event.

But next year Labour Day is being moved to October.

Beef Australia chief executive Denis Cox said more than 20,000 people came through the gates on the public holiday, their biggest day by far.

He also said people with sites set up at the event wanted to be able to hit the ground running with a strong first day of trading.

Do you think Rockhampton needs a public holiday for Beef Week?

This poll ended on 29 August 2014.

Yes - 76%

No - 23%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"The fact is in 2012 we estimated $31 million was spent in the local region, and it's now known as an international event," he said.

"I think that justifies giving the people of Rockhampton a day off every three years.

"The whole region benefits out of it… we're hoping council will embrace the idea."

But Capricorn Chamber of Commerce president Alan Anderson isn't so sure.

"We support Beef Week… but we need to consider what the impacts of that (public holiday) may be," he said.

"We might get more people through the door for them, but it might cost people who are supplying them because they have to pay penalty rates because it's a public holiday, or they'll have to pay for people not to be at work.

"The fact it's a public holiday in Rockhampton isn't going to make a difference to people in Emerald and Townsville coming to Beef Week."

He said before a decision was made he would expect a consultation to take place.

Topics:  beef week public holiday rockhampton regional council



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