Official Opening of the 108th Gold Coast Show
Thank you, Mr President, for your kind introduction. At once I pay respect to Traditional Owners of the Gold Coast, Elders both past and present, and I acknowledge historical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have contributed to the community. I too acknowledge Ministers Stuckey and Langbroek, Members of Parliament, Gold Coast City Councillors, and all other distinguished guests.
Kaye and I are delighted to join you tonight on this wonderful occasion, to celebrate the one hundred and eighth (108th) Gold Coast Show. This is our first visit to the Gold Coast since my being sworn-in as Governor of Queensland last month, however it is a city we visit regularly and one that holds many happy memories.
Kaye and I very much adore the tradition on display at these occasions. Shows are mirrors of the social fabric and very essence of our communities, and windows into the engine rooms of our society and economy.
They are both emblems, and a source, of regional and civic pride. And, I might add, attending them is a highly addictive experience!
We never tire of the simple joy we feel when city meets country. We particularly relish seeing our primary producers in action, and sampling their delicious produce, direct from the paddocks to our plates!
But more than that, our shows are part and parcel of the rhythm of life of our communities.
The Gold Coast is famous for its lifestyle, stunning coastline and sunshine, and Australia’s sixth largest city is also bordered by lush hinterland. Economically, the Coast has a foothold in a diverse range of industries including agriculture and food production, entertainment and film, marine manufacturing and education. These elements add a unique sheen to the Gold Coast Show.
One hundred and eight shows ago, in a park in Southport, a group of locals were eager to show the rest of the State – and indeed the nation – the best this region had to offer.
This remains the same, and is reflected in the sense of community that still underpins Queensland’s largest regional agricultural show.
I particularly acknowledge the efforts of the President, the committee, the organisers, the sponsors and the volunteers, you are all custodians of a fine institution. This is a very exciting year for the Show, and we very much look forward to seeing the opportunities hosting this event at the new location, here at the Gold Coast Turf Club, presents this year and into the future.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Ferris wheels are turning, the fairy floss is flying, and children’s hearts are beating faster with excitement, having kept pace with the fervid build-up to the Gold Coast Show like a metronome. The Gold Coast may be ‘famous for fun’, but this year the Gold Coast Show aims to go one step further, providing ‘way too much fun’.
It is now my pleasure to declare the 2014 Gold Coast Show officially open.