Rockhampton Show Committee Appointed

Published on 23 October 2018

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Rockhampton Regional Council today appointed an interim committee to run the 2019 Rockhampton Show.

The formation of the committee comes after Council announced it would take over the 2019 show after disagreements between the Showman’s Guild and the Show Society saw 2018’s show split over two sites.

Rockhampton Region Mayor, Margaret Strelow, said she was looking forward to seeing the show back in one place.

“The damage to our reputation, economy, and to individual stallholders after the 2018 show was significant and there was every indication that the same situation would occur again in 2019 if Council didn't step in.

“I am delighted that we have today approved our interim committee which will plan and deliver what I am sure will be an outstanding event for the whole community.

“This interim committee will be supported by a host of representatives and volunteers who have always been the backbone of delivering Agricultural Shows in our community.

“There has been some preliminary planning with the broader group but there will be much more to come. 

“It is my hope that Council only needs to play this lead role for one, or at most two shows, with the event then reverting back to a community led Agricultural Show.

“The small Interim Committee will be chaired by Tony Cullen, the General Manager of Advance Rockhampton, who has overseen some fantastic events - including this year’s exceptional River Festival - and will ensure the 2019 show is spectacular.”

The other members of the committee are:

  • Councillor Ellen Smith;
  • Mr Zac Garven, Tourism, Marketing, and Business Development Manager for the Empire Apartment and Edge Apartments;
  • Mr Rod Green, President of North Rockhampton Rotary Club.