MUSWELLBROOK Race Club general manager Duane Dowell certainly gives the proposal the "thumbs up".
Now, Muswellbrook Shire Council is seeking community feedback on a planned half-day public holiday (from noon onward) for next year's Muswellbrook Cup on Friday, March 27.
Council also requests the public's views on whether it should be a part-day public holiday (from noon to 6pm only) or a local event day.
A "local event day" is recognised as a day of special significance to the community in name only and does not attract entitlement to paid leave or penalty rates, unless specified in the form of an enterprise agreement or by contract.
And, following on from the success of the 2019 Muswellbrook Cup, council is hoping to receive comments on its 2020 proposal.
"A half-day or part-day public holiday is a huge benefit to the club and hospitality businesses, in terms of locals supporting a long-term event," Mr Dowell said.
"The Muswellbrook Cup attracts a lot of outside visitors to the shire.
"But, it's important it remains a strong local event as well.
"Thanks to Racing NSW's decision to boost our prizemoney, the Muswellbrook Cup will increase in prominence, too.
"That's largely due to Racing NSW partnering up with Destination NSW to help promote country cup meetings."
Sponsored by council, Mt Arthur Coal and Horsepower, the Muswellbrook Cup Carnival is fast becoming one of the Upper Hunter's "must attend" autumn social events with a total prize pool of more than $250,000.
Council will consult with the community, local businesses, schools, banks and the race club before applying to the Minister of Industrial Relations for either a half-day or part-day public holiday, or local event day.
Residents and business operators are encouraged to have their say by visiting council's website www.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au and completing the survey form.
The Public Holiday Survey will be "live" until Friday, November 1.
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