Despite the Gold Coast Show not going ahead in August, locals will still be getting the public holiday, which will be moved to a Friday to create a long weekend.
It follows similar actions taken by Brisbane’s Ekka Show, in the hopes that a long weekend will encourage Queenslanders to travel within the state and beef up the tourism industry.
Council across the rest of Queensland have until the end of tomorrow to follow suit, with the state government confirming that the Gold Coast has opted to join the ‘People’s Long Weekend’ as well.
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It comes after the Gold Coast Council pulled its remaining funding from the Show Society, despite organisers now looking at a December event rather than calling it off.
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Around the state, Mackay, Logan, Rockhampton, Livingstone, Cloncurry and Weipa have opted to move their public holiday to August 14 as well.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said regional councils have until end of day Friday to inform the Government of their preference for the public holiday.
“We’ve already received a lot of feedback from councils about changing their Show Holidays.
“And as a government we have been more than happy to approve these requests.
“By moving the Show Holiday to a long weekend, it will no doubt give locals the chance for a mini-break and our tourism industry a much-needed boost.
“We’re urging families to take advantage of the change – get out of the house and support local businesses now that intrastate travel is unrestricted.
“Redlands and Carpentaria are two of the regions who have decided to keep their holidays as they are.
“All of these councils are best placed to know what will and won’t work for their communities and I thank them for their co-operation with this matter,” Ms Grace said.