NEWCASTLE lord mayor Jeff McCloy has urged the Newcastle Show Society and the Department of Education to work with Newcastle City Council to make next year’s show a success without the need to declare a public holiday.
Councillor McCloy wrote to both organisations yesterday to kick off talks on how school excursions to the show could complement the NSW school curriculum.
‘‘I would request that prior to this meeting that the show society put together an outline of the type of learning experiences and outcomes that may be achieved by students visiting the show on the day,’’ Cr McCloy said in a letter to show society president Roger Geary.
The council voted on Tuesday against declaring March 1, 2013, a public holiday. Instead it decided to approach the Department of Education about declaring it an excursion day, before deciding whether to apply for a ‘‘local event day’’ for the show.
Cr McCloy said yesterday he hoped the proposal would receive a positive response.
‘‘The city council wants to help with the show,’’ he said.
Newcastle MP Tim Owen said on Wednesday he was also keen for schools to go to the show. ‘‘We are trying to find some way we can let schoolchildren go to it and we will work with the council in that context,’’ he said.