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Community to guide decision around part day public holiday for Armidale Cup 2018

Community to guide decision around part day public holiday for Armidale Cup 2018

Armidale Regional Council will undertake public consultation on retaining the part day public holiday for the next annual Armidale Jockey Club Armidale Cup to be held on Monday 19 March 2018.

A decision on whether to apply for a part half day public holiday for the 2018 event will be made by the incoming Council at the October 2017 Ordinary Meeting after consideration of submissions received during the period of public consultation.

Council Administrator Dr Ian Tiley said that it is important that the community guides Council in their decision regarding the part half day public holiday.  

“The Armidale Cup half day public holiday had been supported by Council for over 50 years, however Council did not support the public holiday gazettal in the three year period 2014 – 2016. In response to a submission from the Jockey Club to reinstate the public holiday and subsequent positive community support, the part half day public holiday was again supported in 2017,” said Dr Tiley.  

“The Club reported that this year’s event had attracted significantly higher attendance. Based on this success, the Club has made application to Council for a part half day public holiday in 2018.”  

A community engagement program is now being undertaken by Council and consideration will be given to the impact the application may have upon the businesses, schools and others in the local government area.

 

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