Victoria Minister for Innovation Services and Small Business Louise Asher
Coalition Fulfils Commitment To Change Regional Melbourne Cup Day Arrangements
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher has today written to all regional and rural councils to remind them of their opportunity to make alternative local public holiday arrangements for a public holiday in lieu of Melbourne Cup Day.
Ms. Asher said she was delighted six councils had already established local public holiday arrangements for 2012 to support special events in their municipality, including:
- Moyne Shire Council, a full day holiday for Warrnambool Cup Day;
- Warrnambool City Council, a full day holiday for Warrnambool Cup Day;
- Golden Plains Shire Council, a full day holiday for half the shire for Royal Geelong Show Day and a full day holiday for the other half of the shire for Ballarat Show Day;
- City of Greater Geelong Council, a full day holiday for Geelong Cup Day;
- City of Greater Bendigo Council, a full day holiday for areas west of the Campaspe River for Bendigo Cup Day;
- Colac Otway Shire Council, a full day holiday for Colac Show Day.
“I’ve written to all regional councils reminding them that under changes made last year to the Public Holidays Act 1993, they can now have a full day holiday or two half days in one or more parts of their municipality in lieu of Melbourne Cup Day.” Ms. Asher said.
“This provides an opportunity for each community to decide what events are relevant to them and when they want to celebrate.”
“Regional councils that wish to make any requests for alternative arrangements for 2012 must do so at least 90 days prior to Melbourne Cup Day, which is no later than Wednesday 8 August 2012.”
In making a request to the Minister, councils must specify:
- The area or areas in the municipality subject to the proposed substitute arrangements;
- The nominated day or two half-days in lieu of Melbourne Cup Day;
- The reasons for the request.
Councils cannot nominate a Saturday or a Sunday in their request.
“Melbourne Cup Day will continue to be the automatic default public holiday across all of Victoria, meaning all Victorians continue to enjoy the same number of public holidays each year, regardless of whether they live in regional Victoria or in metropolitan Melbourne.” Ms. Asher said.
Non-metropolitan public holidays are declared in accordance with the Public Holidays Act 1993 and details are published in the Victorian Government Gazette.