Mayor?s stance on show ludicrous: Cunningham
MEMBER for Gladstone Liz Cunningham has come out fighting in support of the Gladstone Show Society.
'I congratulate the show society for their work in obtaining the more suitable date of August 9 for the Gladstone Show next year,' Mrs Cunningham said.
'This new date will take the show away from the congested June long weekend, and will complement local events held later in the year such as the Seafood Festival.'
Mrs Cunningham was particularly scathing of comments made by city mayor Peter Corones about the future of the show.
Cr Corones has not had any contact with the show society to discuss the future of the show for over three years.
'Nor has he consulted with the Mt Larcom Show Society to discuss his proposal to merge the two events.'
This current campaign by the mayor to move the show is ludicrous, Mrs Cunningham said.
Mrs Cunningham said the showgrounds were used by various groups and no consideration seemed to have been given to the future of these groups.
'A number of these groups have contacted my office and expressed concern that the mayor has not contacted them to discuss council's plans for the site.
'This behaviour flies in the face of normal courtesy that should be given to these volunteers who give enormous amounts of time to the community.'
Cr Corones has also applauded the change to the date for the show, agreeing with Mrs Cunningham that the new date would separate the show from other regional events.
He said the council could not possibly pre-empt any closure of the showgrounds until the results of the feasibility study come before council.
'Council has allocated significant dollars in this year's budget to undertake the feasibility study for both the racecourse site and the showgrounds, and there will be close consultation with all stakeholders.