Launceston community respond to fears the show won't continue

The Launceston community want the Royal Launceston Show to remain, but don’t plan to support it. 

In a survey by The Examiner more than 940 people voted and 471 people said they wanted the show to continue, but 61 per cent said they did not plan to attend the event. 

The community expressed their concern on social media on Monday after the Royal Launceston Show Society said this year’s event could be the last. 

“If people have stopped going, maybe it’s the show that needs to change. It’s too expensive and there isn’t really much to do, not like the old days at Elphin,” Fiona Foxx said. 

Royal Launceston Show Society chief executive Brian Bennett said he was pleased people wanted the show to continue. 

"That illustrates that there is support out there," he said. 

"We really need to work towards remaining viable and hopefully we get enough people that come through the gate this year to do that, so we have an opportunity next year to build on it."

The society also recognises the community doesn’t like the show's current site. 

"People like the classic showground, but here you basically walk in a straight line up and back. It doesn't create the atmosphere people are looking for,” he said. 

The show's ticket prices had not gone up for several years, Mr Bennett said. 

"If you go to Heritage Isle and the Telstra Shop in Kings Meadows and the Quadrant, tickets are only $11 for adults and $5 for children. That's pretty cheap for a show,” he said. 

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Mr Bennett said the overhead costs of running the show were "substantial". 

“We do have considerable temporary infrastructure to install and the site is unsecured, so we have to fence it securely. It lacks power, particularly at the northern end,” he said.

“We need to bring in generators to provide extra power. We lack toilets, so we have to bring toilets in, too. 

"These are all things that potentially should have been catered for when we moved from the old site.” 

The show starts on Thursday and runs until Saturday. 

People like the classic showground, but here you basically walk in a straight and back. It doesn't create the atmosphere people are looking for

Launceston Show Society chief executive Brian Bennett.