Rocky Show team reneges on promise

THE Rockhampton Show Committee has reneged on its promise to abide by the conditions imposed when it was allowed to re-affiliate with the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies.

So says Yeppoon Show Society’s Brian Dorey, who chaired the society’s CQ sub-chamber meeting in November 2008 which approved Rockhampton’s re-affiliation.

The Yeppoon Show Society is considering legal action after it emerged the Rockhampton and Yeppoon shows could be held on the same dates next year.

The Rockhampton Regional Council, which runs the Rockhampton Show, looks likely to approve a request from the Showmen’s Guild of Australasia to switch from midweek to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, when the Yeppoon Show is traditionally run.

Mr Dorey said Rockhampton’s affiliation had previously been terminated because of a failure to comply with the regulation requiring a show to be connected with primary industry. “

The meeting decided to approve Rockhampton’s affiliation despite this ruling, to help the Rockhampton Show to recover viability,” Mr Dorey said.

“Rockhampton was welcome providing it did not interfere with existing show dates planned by the chamber,” Mr Dorey said.

He claimed the president of the Australian Showmen’s Guild, George Pink, had rejected suggestions showmen would stage their own show if Rockhampton did not switch to the Queen’s Birthday weekend.

He said Mr Pink had assured him that if the shows went ahead on the same weekend, the showmen would support Yeppoon.

Mr Pink and the guild couldn’t be reached yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the council said it had resolved to meet with the Yeppoon Show Society, Rockhampton Show Society, the Showmen’s Guild and the Queensland Chamber of Agriculture Societies on Wednesday.  



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