Norway trying to find ‘B’ team to face Austria in Nations League decider after Covid cancellation


orway are desperately trying to cobble together a ‘B’ team of foreign-based players in a bid to keep their Nations League campaign alive and fulfil their final group stage fixture.

Sunday’s scheduled meeting with Romania was cancelled because of Norway’s strict coronavirus regulations after a player within the original squad tested positive for coronavirus.  

The Norwegian players were on their way to the airport on Saturday to catch a chartered flight to Bucharest when authorities told them that such a journey would breach the country’s stringent coronavirus measures after the positive test.

The match was cancelled late on Saturday and the players originally called up left Oslo on scheduled flights on Sunday morning, leaving the country’s FA to try to find a new squad for Wednesday’s group decider away to Austria.

“We are working with an alternative team, yes, but we’re not sure if we will make it,” Norwegian FA spokesperson Christer Madsen told Reuters via text message.

That means replacing leading players such as striker Erling Haaland and playmaker Martin Odegaard with foreign-based players who were not named in the original squad.

Austria top Group 1 in League B on nine points thanks to their 2-1 win over Norway, who also have nine points, in Oslo in September.

The Austrians can take a three-point lead if they beat Northern Ireland on Sunday but Norway, who are likely to be handed a 3-0 defeat by UEFA after their no-show in Romania, could still win the group if they beat Austria on Wednesday by a margin of two goals or more.

Additional reporting by Reuters.  

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Adelaide 500 Supercars race cancellation prompts calls for replacement events

The South Australian Government’s decision to cancel the Adelaide 500 Supercars race has sparked calls for new events to replace it, as recriminations begin about its decline.

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) announced last night it would not renew a contract with the Supercars Championship to host the event in 2021.

It blamed the coronavirus pandemic as well as a “long-term decline in the core motorsport fan”.

The event had its lowest attendance in 17 years in February, when the pandemic was already on the horizon.

Former Supercar driver and five-time championship winner Mark Skaife said he was “absolutely gobsmacked” by the decision.

Premier Steven Marshall said the State Government accepted the recommendation of the SATC to cancel the event.

He said attendance and corporate sponsorship were down and costs were up.

Shane van Gisbergen wins the 2017 Adelaide 500.(AAP: Mark Horsburgh)

All the money the Government contributed to the event would go towards other drawcards, he said.

“The budget for the Supercars race has been well north of $10 million for an extended period of time,” he said.

He said crowd numbers would have been even further down in 2021.

“As we learnt more about COVID-19 and the way we can manage COVID-19 events, we realised very quickly this would be unviable in 2021 and, quite frankly, unviable going forward,” he said.

Hope for replacement events

Business SA chief executive and former Adelaide lord mayor Martin Haese said the city would need a new event to maintain economic growth.

“Like many South Australians, it’s always disappointing to hear that a major event is no longer going to feature on the calendar,” Mr Haese said.

Adelaide 500 racetrack during construction
Grandstands under construction at Victoria Park in 2019.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Malcolm Sutton)

Australian Hotels Association SA chief executive Ian Horne, who also sits on the SATC board, said the cancellation would have a “multi-million-dollar impact” on the accommodation sector but its importance had been declining since it was first run in 1999.

He hoped for more funding for other events to be announced in next month’s State Budget.

“We expect every single dollar of savings to be put into new major events and we have a high expectation that they will be significant contributions in terms of bid funds,” he said.

Decision ‘makes no sense’, Skaife says

Mark Skaife, who is still involved with the competition, said the State Government had asked to move the event to the end of the year and organisers had agreed, so it was a surprise to hear it was being cancelled altogether.

“It’s actually the biggest event for us. We love it,” the five-time champion said.

“I’d love him [Premier Steven Marshall] to reconsider the future of the event because it’s so important for the Australian sporting landscape.”

Jay Weatherill watches as Mark Skaife speaks
V8 Supercars champion Mark Skaife (right) speaks with former SA premier Jay Weatherill in 2014.(ABC News)

He said the decision “makes no sense”.

Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas said “cultural elitism” was behind the decision.

“COVID is an absolute rubbish excuse from Steven Marshall,” Mr Malinauskas said.

“We had a race in SA recently in Tailem Bend, Bathurst happened only weeks ago, the Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix — an international event — is going ahead next year.

“This is a direct decision of Steven Marshall — of cultural elitism — to cut an event that thousands of South Australians enjoy.”

Clipsal grid girls
The appearance of so-called “grid girls” at the race ceased in 2017.(ABC News: Chris Lawless)

He said that, according to the Government’s own figures, the race created 435 full-time jobs and filled 90,000 “accommodation nights”.

“It is still the biggest source of revenue for our accommodation providers as an event in comparison to everything else we do in South Australia,” he said.

The Premier’s electorate is in the eastern suburbs, the area where residents are affected the most because of road closures caused by the race.

He denied snobbery had anything to do with the cancellation.

“This is not about what the Premier of South Australia or the Minister for Tourism likes,” he said.

He said there was no reason for Supercars to be surprised since the Government had raised the issue of viability since it was elected in 2018.

An overhead photo of The Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend shows the large track complex in regional South Australia.
The Bend Motorsport Park near Tailem Bend.(Supplied: The Bend Motorsport Park)

Expensive set-up and ‘major risk’

SATC chief executive Rodney Harrex said events like the rugby league State of Origin, to be held at Adelaide Oval next Wednesday, provided a better return on investment than Supercars.

“What we’re going to do is look to these events that we can replace this with,” he said.

“The funding that we put into the Adelaide 500 will be put into a range of events that can drive a range of benefits.”

He said the Bend Motorsport Park, at Tailem Bend, about 100 kilometres south-east of Adelaide, was “an amazing piece of infrastructure” that would continue to host Supercars races for local fans.

“We’ve put a lot of effort in to really build this event — build it for the motorsport fans — but what I would say is we have the Bend and that really is South Australia’s home of motorsport racing going forward,” he said.

He said the cost of building grandstands in the Adelaide Parklands was a “major risk” during the coronavirus pandemic.

It takes months for the structures to be put up and then taken down.

“The building of a street circuit is not viable nor sustainable,” Mr Harrex said.

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Goulburn Mulwaree Council stands by outreach meeting cancellation | Goulburn Post

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Deputy Mayor Peter Walker describes them as an “umbilical cord” to the rural areas. But his attempt to resurrect outreach meetings held in Goulburn Mulwaree towns and villages failed to win support on Tuesday. He told the ordinary meeting that things had loosened up sufficiently with coronavirus to resurrect the forums, usually held in the latter part of the year. READ MORE: Tarago improvement plans need consultation, say residents | PHOTOS “I think it’s necessary to keep up the contact between the rural areas and this council chamber,” he said. “I made a speech at the mayoral and deputy mayoral elections that I didn’t presume to be re-elected (at the September, 2021 general poll) but this could be the last time (the outreach meetings) are held. This is a good opportunity to show faith in the way they’re conducted.” Cr Walker was responding to general manager Warwick Bennett’s recommendation that the outreach sessions be cancelled until “uncertainties and restrictions” surrounding COVID-19 were addressed at a state level. None have been held this year, in line with an August resolution. Newsletters were subsequently distributed to villages stating individual meetings could be arranged with staff and/or councillors if they wanted to discuss issues. ALSO READ: Council cracks down on development ‘flouting the law’ In addition, communities were told to stop accumulating discretionary funds allocated annually by the council and to spend them on identified projects before Christmas. Mr Bennett said it was difficult to control numbers and ensure social distancing at the outreach forums and people, predominantly over 50 years old, were vulnerable “There is no indication that the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines on non-essential meetings will change or are likely to change until a vaccine is developed,” he reported. In addition, the usual light supper could not be served, “reducing the opportunity for informal interaction.” Each village and town venue has a COVID safe plan restricting numbers. In Windellama’s case, it is 33 people in the hall. Cr Walker argued this could be managed as numbers often didn’t reach 20 if there were no controversial issues. “A lot of comments I get from rural people are that we don’t give a damn about them, so this is the only opportunity we have (to meet with them),” he said. “…I understand that councillors can’t attend from time to time and if we only go with four and one staff member, let’s do it.” ALSO READ: Car towed for examination after reports of fire But Cr Leah Ferrara said while the meetings were very useful and she loved attending, working in a COVID-safe environment had made her cautious. “It would put a lot of pressure on these villages having us coming out,” she said. “How do we decide who comes? If more people (than we expect) turn up, do we tell them to go away…I would rather do them properly like we have in the past.” Cr Ferrara said she and planning director Scott Martin had participated in a zoom hook-up with Bungonia residents recently to discuss discretionary expenditure. ALSO READ: Reset sessions for rural women during crisis Councillors voted against the Deputy Mayor’s motion to conduct the forums in February and March. Instead, they will only be held when the State lifts restrictions. We care about what you think. Have your say in the form below and if you love local news don’t forget to subscribe.

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World Bank president says debt cancellation needed to help poorest countries

Rich countries last month backed an extension of the G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI), approved in April to help developing nations survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen 43 of a potential 73 eligible countries defer $US5 billion ($7 billion) in “official sector” debt payments.


Amid warnings the pandemic could push 100 million people into extreme poverty, Malpass renewed his call for private banks and investment funds to get involved too.

“These investors are not doing enough and I am disappointed with them. Also, some of the major Chinese lenders did not get enough involved. The effect of the aid measures is therefore less than it could be,” the World Bank head said.

Malpass warned that the pandemic could trigger another debt crisis as some developing countries had already entered a downward spiral of weaker growth and financial trouble.

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Debt cancellation needed to help poorest countries: World Bank president

FILE PHOTO: World Bank President David Malpass responds to a question from a reporter during an opening press conference at the IMF and World Bank’s 2019 Annual Fall Meetings of finance ministers and bank governors, in Washington, U.S., October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

October 4, 2020

BERLIN (Reuters) – The COVID-19 pandemic could trigger a debt crisis in some countries, so investors must be ready for granting some form of relief that could also include debt cancellation, World Bank President David Malpass was quoted as saying on Sunday.

“It is evident that some countries are unable to repay the debt they have taken on. We must therefore also reduce the debt level. This can be called debt relief or cancellation,” Malpass told Handelsblatt business daily in an interview.

“It is important that the amount of debt is reduced by restructuring,” Malpass added.

He pointed to similar steps in previous financial crises such as in Latin America and the so-called HIPC initiative for highly indebted countries in the 1990s.

Rich countries last month backed an extension of the G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI), approved in April to help developing nations survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen 43 of a potential 73 eligible countries defer $5 billion in “official sector” debt payments. [nL5N2GL6KB]

Amid warnings the pandemic could push 100 million people into extreme poverty, Malpass renewed his call for private banks and investment funds to get involved too.

“These investors are not doing enough and I am disappointed with them. Also, some of the major Chinese lenders did not get enough involved. The effect of the aid measures is therefore less than it could be,” the World Bank head said.

Malpass warned that the pandemic could trigger another debt crisis as some developing countries had already entered a downward spiral of weaker growth and financial trouble.

“The enormous budget deficits and debt payments are overwhelming these economies. In addition, the banks there are getting into difficulties due to bad loans,” Malpass added.

(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Montaigne tells Kurt Fearnley on One Plus One about accepting Eurovision 2020’s cancellation due to coronavirus

If the world hadn’t been hit by a literal pandemic, Jess Cero (AKA singer-songwriter Montaigne) would have been performing on one of the world’s biggest stages this year: Eurovision.

Except, coronavirus did happen.

And the month after she won Australia Decides, Australia’s selection contest for Eurovision, the song contest-proper was cancelled.

Montaigne wouldn’t describe herself as a “big” Eurovision fan, she tells Kurt Fearnley on ABC’s One Plus One, Sydney’s Lyric Theatre their backdrop.

The 25-year-old clarifies: “I’ve never been a [Eurovision] obsessive in the way that I see it in a lot of people. I really like the theatricality, the melodrama and the over-the-topness.

“And it’s also like the World Cup of music … I like the idea of everyone communing around this thing they love and sharing it, and supporting art that they love.”

World’s biggest Eurovision fan or not, a lot of work went into creating Montaigne’s winning 2020 song, Don’t Break Me, and the performance behind it.

All this to say, when Eurovision was cancelled, it hurt.

Montaigne tells Kurt Fearnley, right, she was devastated when Eurovision was cancelled.(ABC)

Heres how Montaigne got over Eurovision being scrapped

“I was quite devastated for the first sort of three hours,” she says.

“It would have been a super wonderful opportunity … but at the end of the day I also really love being at home and I love having a home life and I also cherished the opportunity to rest and not do anything for a while as well.

Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.

Montaigne performs an at-home concert for Eurovision.

“I have three housemates who I get along with and my partner, who I’ve also been visiting, has four housemates … so I’ve had people around me.”

And at a time when many artists are struggling financially due to a lack of gigs, Montaigne says she’s doing well in terms of money — even without work.

But there’s more on the horizon.

A few weeks after it was announced Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, Montaigne was confirmed as Australia’s 2021 entrant.

If she doesn’t end up getting to take to the Eurovision stage in 2021, Montaigne says she “won’t be in despair”.

“I’m very fine with it at this point. I accept that the world has just changed trajectory forever … so, if it doesn’t happen next year then I feel quite grounded about it.”

The notion of being grounded is a recurring theme for the 25-year-old.

So how did a self-described introvert whose Instagram postings often consist of her gardening endeavours turn into a pop singer by another name?

How Jess Cerro became Montaigne

Born to a mother from the Philippines and a father from Argentina, Montaigne spent the first four years of her life in Malaysia, where her dad played soccer professionally.

The sport has had an incalculable influence on her life — hence the “Eurovision is kind of the World Cup of music” line.

But music was always there too, Montaigne says.

Montaigne looks slightly to the right and smiles as she rests her arm on a sofa. She wears football gear, her hair is short.
Montaigne, pictured here as a child, was born in Malaysia, where she lived for the first four years of her life.(Supplied: Jess Cerro)

“My parents love music and I always heard it around the house and they were always very encouraging,” she explains.

She credits her heritage for the undercurrent of unbridled emotion often found in her songs.

“And also a certain loudness and a certain boldness maybe comes from [that], because Argentinians and South Americans are pretty ‘heart on sleeve’ people, and so are Filippino people for sure,” she contemplates.

The stage name, meanwhile, came from philosopher Alain de Botton’s The Consolations of Philosophy — a book she read barely into adulthood.

Performing pop while staying true to her roots

Montaigne recognises how far she is from the stereotype of someone who performs pop music. As a “small-scale local celebrity”, she feels the pressure to conform to it, too.

Having been raised by parents who didn’t allow her to go out drinking and partying, Montaigne says she simply didn’t understand that world before entering it.

A school-aged Montaigne smiles as she stands in front of a microphone in her blue uniform.
Montaigne says her parents kept her from partying when she was a teenager.(Supplied: Jess Cerro)

“And then when I did finally get to that world when I was an adult and I was living out of home, I didn’t enjoy it, but that’s because I’m an introvert.”

Instead of attempting to adhere to notions of what a pop artist “should be”, Montaigne says she hasn’t tried to change.

She hasn’t shied away from making very public political statements either — both loud and subtle.

More blatant?

The decision to scrawl calls to action on her bare skin at the ARIA awards in both 2016 (“people over profit”) and in 2018 (“stop Adani”).

A woman speaks into a microphone while holding an aria award. On her chest is written people over profit.
Montaigne’s “people over profit” 2016 ARIA Awards statement was followed by a “stop Adani” message at the 2018 iteration of the event.(AAP: Paul Miller)

The clown ruffle at her neck in Don’t Break Me, meanwhile, lays bare Montaigne’s desire to find and create meaning in even the smallest of details in her work.

“It can mean a fool … and then there’s also the art of clowning … and then the other layer is supposed to represent the everyday person and the way the elite saw workers and labourers,” Montaigne explains.

“I ended up just settling for feeling silly in a relationship that you thought was good and healthy and now it’s sort of falling apart and there’s a communication breakdown and you don’t feel like you’re being listened to.

“And being a clown who was a woman was a good way to take on that full imagery, but also to subvert the notion of what a woman should look like and be.”

Why Montaigne’s art and activism collide

Despite having been so publicly political, speaking out about the injustices she perceives in the world is something Montaigne grapples with.

“I’m always evaluating how best to be an activist as a public-facing person,” she says.

For a time, she was also dealing with a lot of anger.

“[I was] just being indignant about the state of the world … And I think it is good to be aware of those things, but it’s empty to put out that anger and awareness without following it up with action.

Montaigne wears blue as she stands next to her partner, Pat, who holds a bag and a glass of wine. They both look into the camera
Montaigne, pictured with her partner, right, who works in political activism.(Supplied: Jess Cerro)

“I still don’t know what the best way [is].”

But Montaigne still believes there’s power in having conversations. And she’s committed to being publicly open about her queer identity.

“You can only be what you can see,” she says.

“If queer people don’t have representation and visibility in public spaces, they’re going to feel invalidated, because the dominant narrative throughout history is that straight, cis, white men rule, and are the norm, and white women by extension.”

Watch the full interview with Montaigne on One Plus One on ABC iview.

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NY Mets Owner and GM In Feud Over BLM Related Game Cancellation

NY Mets Owner and GM In Feud Over BLM Related Game Cancellation

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New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon and his son Jeff are furious with their team’s general manager Brodie Van Wagenen after he was caught on a “hot mic” criticizing Baseball’s commissioner rip Rob Manfred. This came after his team joined other professional sports franchises across America in taking the night off to respect the Black Lives Matter movement in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Hot Mics. We hear about them all the time. It’s when a person is speaking, usually with the press, and he forgets that his comments are being recorded. Or he mistakenly believed that the recording part had ended. So what happened with Mr. Van Wagenen?

Professional sports teams took the night off Thursday to signal their participation in the national outrage over the shooting of an unarmed Black man Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. It started with the NBA suspending its playoff tournament. Then most of Major League Baseball followed suit after the Brewers game scheduled to be played in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was cancelled.

But last night’s New York Mets game was different. It was not canceled ahead of time, rather the Mets and Miami Marlins actually took the field. The Mets took their positions with the pitcher on the mound and stood for a moment of silence. Then the players from both teams tipped their caps at one another and left the field.

Before the start the New York Mets’ announcers had no confirmation that the game was canceled. All they could do was point out that the starting pitchers had taken no warm up pitches which is kind of a giveaway.

It was how the game cancellations came about which bothered Mr. Van Wagenen. And he mistakenly put the blame on MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

On the hot mic Van Wagenen was recorded saying, “Baseball’s trying to come up with a solution, saying, ‘Oh, you know what would be super powerful — the three of us here, [this information] can’t leave this room — you know it’d be really great if you just have them all take the field and then they leave the field and then they come back and play at 8:10. And I was like, ‘What?’”

So the New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon issued a statement saying, “I am very stressed and disappointed to learn tonight that our General Manager, Brodie Van Wagenen, made disrespectful and inaccurate comments about our Commissioner, a long-time close friend of mine.I hold Rob in the highest regard and in no way are Brodie’s remarks reflective of my views or the organization’s.”

Brodie Van Wagenen then apologized to commissioner Manfred.

“Jeff Wilpon called Commissioner Manfred this afternoon to notify him that our players voted not to play. They discussed the challenges of rescheduling the game. Jeff proposed an idea of playing the game an hour later. I misunderstood that this was the Commissioner’s idea. In actuality, this was Jeff’s suggestion. The players had already made their decision so I felt the suggestion was not helpful. My frustration with the Commissioner was wrong and unfounded. I apologize to the Commissioner for my disrespectful comments and poor judgement in inaccurately describing the contents of his private conversation with Jeff Wilpon.”

The Mets have been looking for a buyer for years as they are losing a lot of money as a franchise. Mets fans have been praying for the sale of the team as Mr. Wilpon is known to be in financial trouble since his involvement with Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. This will not help them with their PR problems.

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Adelaide Showground ‘eerie’ with inactivity after first cancellation in 75 years

A veritable ghost town has replaced what should have been the city’s busiest location at this time of year, according to Royal Adelaide Show (RAS) stakeholders, but all is not lost thanks to online interest in some of its most popular offerings.

Originally scheduled for a September 4 start, the Adelaide Show’s stages, carnival rides, marquees, stables and exhibition displays would have been getting assembled behind the Showground fences for an annual event that brings about $317 million to the SA economy.

“We’d be in the final stages of set-up here, about seven days from where the livestock start rolling in, so we’d be right in the thick of it,” Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA chief executive John Rothwell said.

Instead, the show was cancelled in April due to COVID-19 restrictions, the biggest in a string of event cancellations at the 26-hectare multi-purpose venue in Adelaide’s inner-south.

Other than skeleton staff, maintenance workers and perhaps a few tourists in its new caravan park, the showground has been at its quietest since the last disruption during WWII.

An ‘eerie’ atmosphere

Mr Rothwell said the “dark days” in the pandemic’s first few months created an “eerie” atmosphere at the venue.

Just 10 per cent of its full-time staff were still coming to work, while others were made redundant or put on reduced hours with the support of the Federal Government’s JobKeeper package.

Night may have fallen on the Royal Adelaide Show in 2020 but hopes are high for 2021.(ABC News: Malcolm Sutton)

The show is by far the biggest loss, however, accounting for up to 60 per cent of the society’s revenue in regular years.

The digital world has offered some respite, with the show’s two high-profile ram sales, the Elite Sale and the Merino and Poll Merino sale, to be held online.

The Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards will also still be held, along with its Wine Show, despite the public elements of those competitions having been cancelled.

“We have a few exhibitions and events still booked for the last quarter of this year, so our focus now is on those we can accommodate, as well as those in February and March next year,” Mr Rothwell said.

Ripple effects

Other stakeholders feeling the loss include Showbag Shop director Emily Williams, whose company usually produces about 1.1 million showbags for capital city and rural shows, including about 250,000 for the Adelaide event alone.

She said 90 per cent of their income came from shows right across the country, most of which had been cancelled.

A boy holds showbags in the midst of a colourful showbag stand.
Some children’s parents have bought them showbags online.(Supplied: John Kruger Photography)

Despite her company also relying on the JobKeeper package to retain staff on reduced hours, Ms Williams said they turned out to be busier than expected thanks to a boost in showbag sales online.

“I think there are a lot of families who couldn’t go to their show but wanted to retain their tradition of buying showbags,” she said.

“When they hear they can still buy them, they do.

Gone into debt

Mr Rothwell said the first time the Adelaide Show was cancelled was during the Victorian Gold Rush of 1852 when men rushed interstate, erroneously “assuming that the women who were left behind could not run the show”.

It was also cancelled during the WWI and WWII years, as well as during the Spanish Flu pandemic, which was spread by soldiers returning from WW1.

Caravans parked next to grass with a mural of horses in the background.
The new caravan park will be converted back into stables during the Royal Adelaide Show.(Supplied: Royal Adelaide Show)

He said the society had gone into debt in order to stay afloat, but had benefited from the City of Unley waiving its council rates for 12 months, and a Federal grant of more than $2 million.

It had also used the time to finish a versatile caravan park ahead of schedule in the south-east corner of the showgrounds, where old stables were demolished.

Exhibitors at a loss

Among those missing their chance to present their best efforts at the Adelaide Show this year are photographers, artists, cooks, horticulturists, pet owners, livestock workers, dairy farmers, tropical fish enthusiasts and flower lovers, to name a few, plus countless companies from the exhibition halls.

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A variety of exhibitors, such as Don Priestley pictured in 2018, will lament their chance to show off their best in 2020.(ABC Radio Adelaide: Malcolm Sutton)

Embroiderers’ Guild of SA member Susannah Whitney, who won Best Handicraft Exhibit in Show during 2019, said members would otherwise be very busy preparing for the show.

“Normally we have our stitching group meetings every week, where we all meet and stitch together and look at what each other is doing, but we had to close down in March and are only just starting to reopen.”

A golden embroidery framed with wood and with a winner's sash beneath.
Susannah Whitney’s winning entry at the show in 2019.(Supplied: Susannah Whitney)

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No answer on council’s public holiday cancellation

COUNCIL is still deliberating on whether to cancel a public holiday next month.

Mackay Regional Council mayor Greg Williamson said the decision over the show public holiday would be considered in the next meeting on Wednesday.

It comes as the Mackay Show Association was forced to postpone the 141st agricultural show, with hopes the revised show season would start in October or November.

Cr Williamson said the council had not made a decision over the show public holiday, which was set for Thursday June 18.

“The Premier has suggested other councils wanting to request a change to their show holidays should consider an August date to help create a Queensland long weekend,” he said.

The Mackay Show Association was forced to postpone the 141st agricultural show, with hopes the revised show season would start in October or November

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Cr Williamson said the special long weekend was a bid to help boost Queensland tourism.

He said the Premier suggested other councils follow Brisbane’s lead.

However the Whitsunday and Isaac regions will keep their scheduled show holidays.

The Bowen Show Committee announced the show holiday would go ahead on June 23, despite the show being postponed.

Mackay Regional Council mayor Greg Williamson said the decision over the show public holiday would be considered in the next meeting, on Wednesday. Picture: Melanie Whiting

Mackay Regional Council mayor Greg Williamson said the decision over the show public holiday would be considered in the next meeting, on Wednesday. Picture: Melanie Whiting

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Isaac Regional Council also said the region’s holiday would still go ahead, despite the Clermont Show gates remaining closed.

“(Even though) the Isaac region’s show has been cancelled, the day is a gazetted public holiday and is still officially sanctioned by the Queensland Government,” chief executive officer Gary Stevenson said.

The Mackay Show Association was forced to postpone the 141st agricultural show, with hopes the revised show season would start in October or November. Photo: Navarone Farrell

The Mackay Show Association was forced to postpone the 141st agricultural show, with hopes the revised show season would start in October or November. Photo: Navarone Farrell

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Mr Stevenson said Moranbah, Clermont, Middlemount, Dysart, Kilcummin and surrounding rural areas would keep their public holiday on Wednesday May 27.

Council services, including waste management facilities and libraries, would be closed for the holiday.

The decision will not impact the Pioneer Valley Show, Sarina Show and Show Whitsunday, which are not traditionally given public holidays.

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