News

Should Melbourne Cup Day be a holiday?

RACE DAY: There won’t be a public holiday but camels, fashionistas and the Melbourne Cup will unite at Gympie Turf Club next Tuesday
RACE DAY: There won’t be a public holiday but camels, fashionistas and the Melbourne Cup will unite at Gympie Turf Club next Tuesday Tanya Easterby

ON Tuesday, everyone will unite for the Melbourne Cup; the race that "stops a nation".

Once again calls for a national holiday have been voiced and the debate has hit The Gympie Times readers.

When The Gympie Times posted the question "should the Melbourne Cup Day be a national holiday?" the majority of comments were in agreement, though the margin was not huge.

Of the posts, 59% said yes compared to 40% who said no.

Some of the supporting comments made the point that many employees take a sick day to watch the race, so it made sense to have a holiday.

Others argued that a day off would encourage betting, that horse racing was cruel and that there were negative impacts on businesses.

Councillor for social wellbeing Rae Gate was also against the idea.

She said a Melbourne Cup holiday would likely see many people push past their limits and few would make it to work the following day.

"It's the race that stops a nation but not everybody is a supporter. It's not like Anzac Day which is commemorated by everyone," Cr Gate said.

She also said smaller businesses were struggling and another holiday would only make the situation worse.

While she will be at the Gympie Camel Races on Tuesday, she won't be placing any bets.

Even Turf Club president Spencer Slatter said that while the idea made sense in Victoria, Gympie was just too far from the Melbourne track to warrant it.

"I don't think so; it is the biggest event of the year but (a holiday is not needed) with flexible work practices these days," he said.

But there is no doubt on the big day, all debates will be silenced when the industry's best horses jump from the barriers.

At the moment, cup favourites include Admire Rakti, Lucia Valentina, Protectionist and Fawkner.

Mr Slatter said Fawkner, a Lloyd Williams' trained horse, will go the distance.
 

Gympie Times

Topics:  gympie turf club melbourne cup



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Driver suffers serious injuries in Curra car crash

A man has received serious injuries after a car crash at Curra.

A man has received serious injuries after a car crash at Curra.

A night of glitz and glamour

HIGH FASHION: Karen Bazzan, Sara Shadbolt and Chantelle Groben at Gympie's fashion event of the year on Mary St Friday night.

Fashionistas strut their stuff

Century 21 debuts new $35,000 auction room

Billy Mitchell takes a quick break from the action as Century 21 Platinum Agents debuts its new auction room behind him.

Century 21 has celbrated the opening of their new auction room.

Local Partners

Spiderman star used fake name to research role

Spiderman star Tom Holland.

Spiderman star went undercover at Brooklyn highschool

Weaving stars to end violence

STAR WEAVE JAM: Join in and make stars as part of the One Million Stars project to end violence in the world

Check out these great activities on now at the gallery

What's on the small screen this week

A scene from the TV documentary Running Wild: Australia's Camels.

TWO new Aussie docos will pique your interest.

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Robert Irwin, wildlife photographer

SNAPPER: Apart from wildlife, photography is Robert Irwin's great passion.

Steve's boy has a passion for photography

Louis Tomlinson's tribute to late mother

Louis Tomlinson's new single is a tribute to his late mother.

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

The apple and the worm

Gympie journalist Arthur Gorrie.

Progress leaps along, so let's look first

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!