Anne Maddern worries about future of Fraser Coast Show

MEMBER for Maryborough Anne Maddern has spoken of the Fraser Coast Show's future and her doubts for its longevity if numbers continue to decline.

The MP, when asked on radio whether she thought the end of the show was nigh, said while she supported it, more people needed to make an effort to go along or it would be lost forever.

Fraser Coast Show Society president Keryn Staib understood Ms Maddern's point and praised her support for the event - but added that for however long a local show society existed, the event would remain.

"As long as there's a show committee the show will go on," he said.

"We haven't sat down and dissected anything yet but apart from Thursday being very slow, Friday was a really good day, we had a big day Friday and it was good."

The show returned to its traditional Thursday-Friday schedule in 2014, after trying a number of different day combinations in recent years with varied success.

With Thursday's numbers down, that decision could be seen as a failure, but Mr Staib would not comment on possible changes for its 140th anniversary in 2015.

Ms Maddern said: "I was suggesting that things go in cycles, that things come and go. Obviously if the numbers continue to a point where it's not viable then it will cease.

"I would be very disappointed if that happened, because I do think it's that connection between city and the country…for people in the city to understand something about the country."



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