Observer/Zinc headlines August 10
WHEN it comes to change you can either embrace it or be left behind.
But one thing you simply cannot do is keep on doing the same old things, trotting out the same old ideas and expect to grow and be better.
It seems that is the rut the Gladstone Show might have found itself in.
The 120th anniversary of this event should have been a tremendous to-do.
Instead, it went off with more of a whimper than a bang and while there seemed to be a good few hundred who attended to see the night-time activities, during the day the attendance was pitiful.
This should be a premier event for the region.
It should be a showcase to newcomers and visitors of what we have to offer, while acting as a vital link between what so many like to call the old and new Gladstone.
Instead, it is being overshadowed by events such as Mt Larcom Show, Gladstone Harbour Festival and the countless other activities and events this region has become so well-known for.
Credit where due, organisers certainly have their heart in the right place - and they clearly love the event. And, it was not all bad. There were certainly some favourable comments.
So where to from here?
This event has an amazing opportunity right here and now.
With hundreds of new people coming to town, and bringing with them a wealth of knowledge, experience, vast skill sets and a will to get stuck into a great community endeavour, this is a time like no other for the show association to attract new people and ideas.
Just imagine what this could be. Imagine what could become of the grounds and the event with just a bit of strategic planning, a fresh approach and some solid funding.
So what's it to be?
New ideas and a great event - or a sad curtain call.