Residents of the Hindmarsh Shire will all observe the Melbourne Cup Day public holiday on Tuesday, 2 November this year.

Over recent years, the Hindmarsh Shire has gained permission to observe this holiday on Nhill and Rainbow show days that fall during the week for those towns while keeping it on Melbourne Cup day for Dimboola and Jeparit as their shows take place on weekends.

Following the cancellation of the four local Agricultural Society Shows this year, Council resolved on Wednesday, 9 September, to observe the 2021 Melbourne Cup Day public holiday throughout the Shire.

The Council initially decided to seek approval from the Minister for Small Business for substitute public holidays for the 2021 Melbourne Cup day public holiday in Nhill and Rainbow. This was before the recent COVID-19 outbreak, which resulted in lockdowns and uncertainty.

Cr Ron Ismay said, “It is disappointing for our local volunteers who spend a significant amount of time planning their Agricultural Society shows. With the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in lockdowns and significant restrictions, we understand that it was a hard decision but necessary one to cancel their 2021 events, especially after having to cancel their 2020 shows also.

“We hope 2022 brings back our Agricultural Society shows bigger and better after a two-year break.”