Heritage Bank Toowoomba Royal Show cancelled

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Coronavirus claimed another victim with today’s announcement that the Heritage Bank Toowoomba Royal Show had been cancelled.

Toowoomba’s iconic event was due to be held from Thursday, 26 March until Saturday, 28 March, however earlier today the Show’s Executive met and resolved it would be unwise to proceed.

Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland (RASQ) President Shane Charles said, “The decision was one of the most painful decisions ever taken by the Society.” “The Show impacts on tens of thousands of local citizens as well as retailers, exhibitors, presenters, entertainers and judges from interstate and overseas. The cancellation also has significant ramifications for our regional economy given visitors will now not be utilising accommodation venues and restaurants and buying goods in local shops.”

“The future of the 2020 Show was foremost in the minds of my committee over the past few weeks and we held our breath waiting for some improved news about Coronavirus. Each day, sadly, the news got worse.” Last week Prime Minister and COAG jointly advised, “It has been recommended to us that we move to a position, by Monday 16 March, where we will be advising against organised, non-essential gatherings of 500 people or greater.”

That announcement resulted in a raft of entertainment and sporting events being cancelled across the country as well as conferences, meetings and the like. The Sydney Royal Easter Show was an early casualty.

Show CEO Damon Phillips said, “We’d hoped the Show would be a special occasion for our farmers and graziers to celebrate the recent good rains after years of dreadful drought. The cancellation is particularly disappointing in that regard.” “However, the health and safety of our patrons, exhibitors and volunteers is paramount and the final decision was indeed the right one to take.”

It is anticipated that by next Monday, 23 March a timetable will be in place to deal with 2020 contractual matters, sponsorship and refunds.

The RASQ committee will commence work on its 2021 Show program at its next meeting.

For immediate release. Media enquiries most welcome, please contact Damon Phillips, 07 4634 7400
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