We may not be able to indulge in a showbag this year due to the virus pandemic forcing the cancellation of our much-loved local shows, but we can pack our travel bags for a long weekend getaway.
The new date for the Gold Coast Show public holiday on Friday August 14 has officially been locked in after the State Government today passed legislation.
While the show holiday has always fallen on a Friday for Gold Coasters, other councils like Brisbane wanted to move their mid-week public holiday in order to create a long weekend to boost struggling local businesses.
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“Tourism operators and small businesses need all the help they can get right now,” Tourism Minister Kate Jones said.
“It makes sense, where possible, to create as many long weekends as we can to stimulate our economy and keep locals in jobs.”
As a result, the Gold Coast Show holiday has moved from August 28 to August 14, while Brisbane’s Ekka Show holiday has been moved from Wednesday August 12 to fall on Friday August 14.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said while she will miss the Ekka this year, the long weekend is a great opportunity to get out and support our tourism and small business sectors who have been hit hard by the pandemic.
“We’ve received a lot of feedback from local councils about changing their Show Holidays and we have been more than happy to approve these requests,” she said.
“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 Queensland families to take advantage of the change – get out of the house and support local businesses now that intrastate travel is unrestricted.”
Those living in Weipa, Rockhampton, Livingstone, Mackay, Logan, Burdekin, Charters Towers, Cloncurry and the Whitsundays will also all enjoy the same public holiday.
The local government areas that did not request to change their Show Holiday to August 14 will keep their existing date.