Lea Taylor calls for Rockhampton Show to return to roots
LEA Taylor is lending his voice to a community chorus he says is calling the Rockhampton Show back to its agricultural roots.
The property salesman has called a public meeting for Wednesday, October 23, to discuss the formation of a steering committee to re- establish the Rockhampton Agricultural Society.
Mr Taylor (pictured) said there were two concerns being echoed by the community - the ongoing erosion of the agricultural focus of the Rockhampton Show and what the future held for the event after 2014.
"I want to ensure we don't lose what is a very special part of this region," said Mr Taylor, who was president of the Society when it relinquished management of the show and the showgrounds to the then city council in 2002.
"It has not been an agricultural show for years now; it is basically a fair."
A former Rockhampton mayor, Mr Taylor was prompted to call the meeting after feedback from an invitation-only gathering.
Do you think the Rockhampton show is more of a fair than agriculture show these days?
This poll ended on 31 October 2013.
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"They are concerned that we are going to lose control of something that should be totally community-owned and driven," he said.
A community-owned and driven show is just what Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow wants.
She said yesterday that she supported "absolutely" the reformation of the show society. "I would love to see the show event back in the hands of the community - where it belongs," she said.
"That was the intention when Council first took it on. I envisaged then that we would be in a caretaker role for only one year."
The Council has managed the show since 2003 and has committed to staging the event again in 2014.
Mr Taylor said that a member of the Queensland Chamber of Show Societies would attend the October 23 meeting, to be held at 7pm in the James Lawrence Pavilion at the showgrounds.