Festival keeps its holiday spot
THE team behind Cooly Rocks On has welcomed an announcement by the Queensland LNP government that it has returned the Queen's Birthday holiday to its original slot in June.
The previous ALP government intended to move the holiday to the first Monday in October but the Newman government has reversed that decision and stuck with the second Monday in June.
Cooly Rocks On chairperson Gail O'Neill said "I think they've made a really good decision".
"It means it's a bit easier for our Queensland fans who use the Monday holiday to make the trip home".
Ms O'Neill said she had written to the Bligh government last year to ask for the date to remain the same but without success.
"We also wrote to Mr Newman when he was campaigning and told him if he stuck with the June date, we'd certainly tell the world via our Facebook site and we're almost finished doing that."
Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie introduced the Holidays and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 last Tuesday, which included the decision to move the Labour Day public holiday to the first Monday in October.
"The amendments will reverse the previous government's decision to move the Queen's Birthday public holiday from the second Monday in June to the first Monday in October and instead move Labour Day from May to this date," Mr Bleijie said.
"We made the decision to keep the Queen's Birthday public holiday consistent with all other states and territories with the exception of Western Australia."
Ms O'Neill said having the same dates in both states was very beneficial especially for Coolangatta businesses.
Having to deal with discrepancies such as this as well as the daylight saving issue, made doing business with another state very difficult, Ms O'Neill added.