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23 March 2017 11:30

Ballarat Show Day named public holiday for 2017-2020

Alternate date for the public holiday in lieu Melbourne Cup Day

 

At its Ordinary Council Meeting last night, Ballarat City Council decided that Ballarat Show Day will be gazetted as a public holiday in the City of Ballarat for the years 2017 to 2020.
 
The Victorian Public Holidays Act 1993 allows a Council to choose an alternate date for the public holiday in lieu Melbourne Cup Day (the first Tuesday in November).
 
In determining the public holiday for the municipal district for the years 2017 to 2020, Council considered targeted feedback received from community, stakeholder and business groups, including verbal and written representations made to Council by Commerce Ballarat and the Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society on 15 March 2017. This information formed the basis for Council to make an earlier decision than the required 90 day notice to the Minister, providing the community and businesses with greater advance knowledge of the holiday.
 
Community consultation on the local public holiday in 2010 and 2012 demonstrated strong support for the Ballarat Show Day public holiday. In December 2012, the City of Ballarat’s community engagement survey attracted 4,214 public submissions, of which 66% supported Ballarat Show Day, 22% supported Melbourne Cup Day and 12% supported Eureka Day. Of 105 'other' submissions (written, verbal, tweets and Facebook) the preference was for Melbourne Cup Day (66%).
 
Following the consultations in 2010 and 2012, the Ballarat Show Day was gazetted as the municipality's preferred public holiday from 2010 to 2016.


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