Font Size
-A A +A
Search Search

Public Holiday Consultation

Share this:

Council is reviewing its current Spring Public Holiday arrangements for the next four years to ensure it still best represents the interests of local residents and businesses. Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback during the recent consultation period.

Golden Plains Shire Council Public Holiday Consultation



In Victoria, Melbourne Cup Day is observed as a public holiday unless an alternate local holiday has been arranged by a non-metro council. In previous years, Council has requested part-shire arrangements as an alternative to Melbourne Cup Day, with the north of the Shire observing Ballarat Show Day in November and the south of the Shire observing Geelong Show Day in October. This was informed by community consultation undertaken in 2011 that the community wished to observe a relevant Show Day. The dividing line between the two public holiday areas follows Wingeel Road, Gumley-Mt Mercer Road and Meredith-Mt Mercer Road.

In 2020, both the Ballarat and Geelong Show Days were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic initiating a discussion around reverting the holiday for all parts of the Shire to Melbourne Cup Day. Golden Plains Shire still observed these days, due to insufficient time for community consultation and a Council resolution to change the dates. In recent years there has been a steady of decline in councils observing an alternate public holiday to Melbourne Cup Day, with only seven of Victoria’s 79 councils not marking the first Tuesday in November last year.

Together with last year’s cancellations, the majority of other regional councils are now observing Melbourne Cup Day, and as 10 years have passed since consultation was undertaken, Council is considering whether change is required to its Spring Public Holiday arrangements.

How you can be involved

How You Can Be Involved: 

Local community members and businesses were invited to have their say on the future of the Spring Public Holiday arrangements for Golden Plains Shire. Submissions were open from Wednesday 24 February, 2021 until Sunday 18 April, 2021. Options for consideration included:

  • Continue recent arrangement (part-shire observation of Geelong and Ballarat Show Days)
  • Request an alternative local holiday, such as Geelong Cup Day
  • Observe the Melbourne Cup Holiday in all parts of the Shire

Written submissions were able to be provided by completing an online form, by email or mail.

What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

Now that the consultation period has ended, all submissions will be collated and presented to Council at its May Council Meeting for consideration. A final Council decision will be made at the June meeting, before sending a request for alternative arrangements (if required) to the Victorian Minister for Employment, Small Business, Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy.


24 February 2021 
Submissions open
18 April 2021 
Submissions close
25 May 2021
Council Meeting to consider submissions
22 June 2021
Council Meeting to make final decision

Contact Information

Philippa O'Sullivan
Director Corporate Services
03 5220 7111
Project Category: 
Economy and Tourism
Last Updated: 
Monday, April 19, 2021
Project Status: 
Updated Project
Council is reviewing its current Spring Public Holiday arrangements for the next four years to ensure it still best represents the interests of local residents and businesses.

Sign up to the Community Engagement Register to stay informed about opportunities relevant to you:  Sign up 

More Information

Rate this Page

Page Last Updated:

Not Applicable


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.