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Ballarat chooses Show Day
to remain a Public Holiday
In response to feedback from the community and key stakeholders, Ballarat
Show Day will continue to be a public holiday in Ballarat.
Conducted in 2010, the extensive public consultation was overwhelmingly
in favour of the municipality’s designated public holiday being held on the
first day of the Ballarat Show rather than Melbourne Cup Day.
Ballarat Show Day was selected by the community in preference to Ballarat
Cup Day. This year the Ballarat Cup will be held on a weekend (Sunday
20 November 2011) and therefore a public holiday was not required for
the event to be held.
Ballarat Show Day was a public holiday for the first time on 12 November
2010, enabling the event to attract locals who would otherwise be at work
Responsible for the management of the show, the Ballarat Agricultural and
Pastoral Society believes the decision will help guarantee the long-term
viability of the event.
Not only will the show be able to attract more visitors through the Ballarat
Showground’s gates, it will enable the event to recruit new volunteers who
would otherwise be busy on the day.
The Ballarat Show Day public holiday will be held on Friday 11 November
2011. The show will run until Sunday 13 November 2011 with activities
such as rides, fireworks, pig racing, an animal nursery, jousting and steam
Established on 10 July 1856, the show regularly attracts people to the area
from across the region to take part in events and competitions such as the
Sheep and Alpaca Show, the Ram Sale and the Sheep Dog Trials.
Ballarat Regional tourism
to be guided by industry-
The recently established Ballarat Regional Tourism has appointed its
inaugural board of directors.
As the peak regional tourism body for the region, Ballarat Regional Tourism
through its new board will oversee the future growth of tourism for Ballarat
From a hotly contested field of applicants, the following skills-based industry
members were appointed to the board: Doug Sarah; Stuart Benjamin; Simon
Coghlan; Steven Savic; Gary Browning; Justin Gilbert; Serena Eldridge; John
Fitzgibbon; Grant Wiltshire; and, Margot Petit.
The new board provides for a potential turnover of three skills-based directors
The Mayor of the day will also occupy a position on the board. The board
will be supported by a number of ex-officio positions, including the Chairs
of Commerce Ballarat and Ballarat Tourist Association and the Director of
Ballarat Regional Tourism.
Above: Members of the new Ballarat Regional Tourism board
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