Will Livingstone do a backflip and move the show day public holiday?
Will Livingstone do a backflip and move the show day public holiday?

Livingstone backflips: Council will ask to move show holiday

LIVINGSTONE Shire Council will ask the Queensland Government’s permission to move its 2020 show public holiday to August 14.

The backflip came during a special council meeting this afternoon.

Livingstone had previously said there would be no change to the scheduled June 12 show holiday, but the change of heart followed a council-run Facebook poll this week in which 67 per cent of respondents said they wanted the public holiday moved to August 14.

About 1700 people voted in the poll which was posted on Livingstone Shire Council’s Facebook page and ran for two days.

At today’s meeting, Mayor Andy Ireland described the poll as “short and sharp” to determine what the community’s view was.

“Now I acknowledge that it was short notice for the community,” Cr Ireland said.

“It was short notice for us.

“And I also acknowledge that not everyone has access to social media, and so some people may have been disadvantaged in terms of their ability to participate in that poll.

“I certainly apologise for that. But it was an oppportunity for us to survey the community, as we have promised from day one in this council.

“Our mantra is to, wherever possible, get the view of the community when we’re making decisions.

“And that is simply the reason why we went down this path in the first place.”

After debate, in which all councillors had a say except for Cr Nigel Hutton who was an apology from the meeting, councillors voted unanimously to request a date change.

This came after Livingstone said on May 21, the day Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told State Parliament the Ekka public holiday would move to August 14 this year, that there had been no change to its previously announced 2020 show holiday on June 12.

Rockhampton Regional Council has decided to stick with its show day public holiday on June 11.

EARLIER: Livingstone Shire Council will ask the Queensland Government’s permission to move its 2020 show public holiday to August 14.

The backflip came during a special council meeting this afternoon.

Livingstone had previously said there would be no change to the scheduled June 12 show holiday, but the change of heart followed a council-run Facebook poll this week in which 67 per cent of respondents said they wanted the public holiday moved to August 14.

About 1700 people voted in the poll which was posted on Livingstone Shire Council’s Facebook page.

This afternoon councillors voted unanimously in support of this course of action.

UPDATE: A special council meeting has been called this afternoon to decide the fate of the June 12 show holiday in Livingstone.

More to come.

EARLIER: Livingstone may yet do a backflip and move its show day public holiday to August.

The council created a Facebook poll asking the community if it would prefer the shire’s show holiday to be moved from June 12 to August 14.

This comes after Livingstone said on May 21, the day Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told State Parliament the Ekka public holiday would move to August 14 this year, that it would stick with its previously announced 2020 show holiday.

A Livingstone spokeswoman said the poll, which ends this morning, was the result of recent community feedback asking if the council would consider applying to move the holiday to a later date in the year.

“The opportunity here is that more people may travel to various parts of our shire when more of our businesses will be open, potentially providing a significant economic uplift for the shire as a whole,” the council spokeswoman said.

She said the poll results would assist the council in determining whether it applies to the Queensland Government to move the current show holiday date to August 14.

Rockhampton Regional Council has already decided to stick with its show day public holiday on June 11.



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