A new plan has been put in place for the 2019 Rockhampton Show, after disagreements between the Showman’s Guild and the Show Society saw 2018’s show split over two sites. The Rockhampton Regional Council have appointed an interim committee to run the 2019 Rockhampton Show, with Rockhampton Region Mayor, Margaret Strelow, stating that she is 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.
“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 interim committee will be supported by a host of representatives and volunteers who have always been the backbone of delivering Agricultural Shows in Rockhampton's community. It 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, ensuring 2019's show will be a spectacular one.
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.