Date for Gladstone Show changed



THE date for next year's Gladstone Show has been moved to August 9.

Despite recent debate regarding the show, Gladstone Show Society president Robyn Reddacliff said there was no specific reason for the change from the end of June.

Mrs Reddacliff said the show would still operate over the one day and one night, but in early August next year.

Gladstone mayor Peter Corones said he was unaware of the latest change and refused to comment on its impact.

Cr Corones has been at loggerheads with the show society over the future of the show at the showgrounds.

The council has already passed a motion that it would no longer allow the Gladstone Show Society to use Scenery Street to accommodate vehicles.

But this hasn't deterred show president Robyn Reddacliff.

'The loss of Scenery Street does not mean the end of the show,'she said.

Cr Corones has been open about his desire for the Gladstone Show to combine with the Mt Larcom Show to present a regional show.

The council is also seeking funds from the state government to complete a study on the show to determine its future.

Cr Corones told The Observer earlier this year he believed the show no longer served a purpose in Gladstone and there was potential for the showground to be used as a site for an aged care facility.

Cr Corones said the grounds had been earmarked as a potential site in the city's Aged Care Strategic Management Plan and the council would investigate the rezoning of the property to improve the chances of such a facility being developed on the site.



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