Show amalgamation not considered

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE MOUNT Larcom Show Society is yet to consider any amalgamation with the Gladstone Show, but representatives warn their show 'will not be used as a pawn' between the Gladstone Show Society and the Gladstone City Council.

Mount Larcom Show Society president Craig Butler said the Gladstone City Council and Gladstone Show Society needed to resolve their issues before any discussion of an amalgamation could take place.

'We're not going to enter into any dispute between Gladstone City Council and their show society ? they should resolve their differences if they can and if not, then some sort of consultation needs to take place,' Mr Butler said.

Mr Butler said while he was sympathetic to the plight of the Gladstone Show, at this stage no formal discussion nor consultation had taken place between the two show societies.

'If a regional show does come about, the result has to be beneficial for both shows, as well as the business community and general community of both areas,' he said.

Mount Larcom Show Society secretary Jenny Grother said the two shows were affiliated under the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies Incorporated and were 'batting for the same team'.

Mrs Grother said the societies would need to discuss the benefits and downsides for each show before any decision could be reached.



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