Mandates discriminate against Agricultural Shows

Eligibility - Queensland residents
Principal Petitioner:
Rowan O'Hara
C/- Nambour Showgrounds Coronation Drive
Total Signatures - 6,134
Sponsoring Member: Mr Tony Perrett MP
Posting Date: 18/3/2022
Closing Date: 30/3/2022
Tabled Date: 31/3/2022
Responded By: Hon Yvette D'Ath MP on 29/4/2022
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that Queensland Agricultural Shows are run by a combination of volunteers and community organisations.

Shows are a crucial element for maintaining community spirit in regional and rural towns. The current directive require all attendees on site, businesses or otherwise to be vaccinated. This is a massive economic detriment to the local regions who rely on the income generated from shows, totalling to $141m annually across Queensland. The requirement to vet all who attend a show causes extra strain on the manpower to do so, which impedes the shows income and profitability not just for this year but also for future years. Shows work on a shoestring budget manned by volunteers and with less patrons, less stall holders, and less income, shows will run at a loss and therefore will not be sustainable.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to abolish the mandates which are impacting Agricultural Shows in Queensland.