Fraser Coast Show must be low-cost to survive

EDITORIAL: Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern may have raised a few eyebrows when she questioned the future of the Fraser Coast Show yesterday.

Her comments were made as a response to a direct question on radio about the sustainability of the event.

Her point was that if people don't support the show it will fail.

But for the show organisers there are issues to consider apart from dwindling community spirit.

They've tinkered with the days the show is open but that doesn't appeared to have been successful.

Maybe there's a thumping great elephant in the room that needs to be addressed.

Let's talk entry fee - is it more than most families can afford?

That's the question, and the answer, of course, is yes.

By the time a family pays to get in, eats some pretty expensive food then uses the second mortgage on a selection of rides there's not too much left for luxuries such as water and electricity.

Regional shows hold a long tradition of bringing the community together.

They should not be lost.

We need to support our show next year but, please, organisers, take the bull by the horns and see what you can do to support young families.

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