Ekka public holiday moves for Brisbane residents to enjoy a long weekend

Brisbane residents have landed a long weekend in August as the Ekka public holiday moves to a Friday to help the tourism industry.

Key points:

  • Ekka’s People’s Day in Brisbane will move from Wednesday to Friday for 2020
  • The tourism industry proposed the move to help the sector
  • Ekka organisers RNA support the move by the State Government

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told State Parliament today that the People’s Day public holiday in Brisbane will be held on Friday, August 14, instead of the traditional Wednesday.

The move was initiated by the tourism industry earlier this week on ABC Radio Brisbane when management from Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island suggested the move to help reinvigorate the sector.

Ms Palaszczuk said it would be a one-off move.

“People’s Day will become People’s Long Weekend and we do this with the support of the RNA [Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland],” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“This year I call on everyone from the city to go to the bush, go to the beach, or have a break and support our tourism industry.

“Local councils outside of Brisbane will be able to make similar arrangements for their show holidays.

“If we can’t have sample bags we should pack our travel bags to enjoy this one-off holiday to support our local businesses.”

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Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor Adrian Schinner also welcomed the move after backing the proposal yesterday.

“I’d just like the to commend the State Government for moving so quickly on this,” Cr Schrinner said.

“By the time August comes around we’ll see hopefully further relaxations in travel restrictions.”

RNA president David Thomas supported the change, with the Ekka being cancelled for only the third time in the 144-year history.

“The RNA fully supports moving the traditional Ekka Show Day holiday this year to create a one-off long weekend in a show of support for our tourism industry,” he said.

“In these difficult times we support the date of the Show Holiday being changed.

“Since we cannot have the Ekka as we usually do, it is wonderful that People’s Day can help our fellow Queenslanders across our rural, regional, and coastal tourism areas.”

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