Help keep Heathcote Show happening

March 17, 2024 BY

They want you! The Heathcote Show committee is looking for a new secretary as well as more members to help keep the smiles coming on show day. Photo: PETER WEAVING

HEATHCOTE’S agricultural show society is looking for a new secretary.

Society president Alan Harris said it was a fantastic opportunity for someone to become involved in the longest running community event in the district.

“They’ll help keep tradition going while working with like-minded people,” he said.

“There’s also the possibility of helping to grow and enhance the event.”

Outgoing secretary Robyn Donovan said the role included general committee work, as well as tasks that were specific to the annual show held on Melbourne Cup Day each year.

“It’s minute-taking for eight meetings per year and dealing with correspondence,” she said.

“Work for show day starts in September/October and it’s mainly organising where stallholders go and monitoring inquiries.”

On show day itself, the secretary also provides a general point of contact and information from the show office.

The newcomer won’t be thrown in the deep end either.

“I’ll be there to mentor and assist while they learn the ropes,” Ms Donovan said.

“There’s also a small honorarium for the role, which is paid quarterly.”

Both Mr Harris and Ms Donovan were also keen to encourage other locals to get involved in the general committee.

“We’d like more volunteers to come on board,” she said.

Mr Harris wanted to see the show develop further and welcomed new ideas.

“The possibilities are endless,” he said. “It doesn’t have to just be about farming.”

The Heathcote Show turns 140 this year and more than than 1,250 people came through the gates last November.

They enjoyed country show traditions such as art and craft displays, a large horse show and a working dog competition.

These sat alongside sideshow alley, a range of free children’s activities and entertainment, ferret racing and an adrenalin-charged display of motorcycling skills.

Anyone interested in being either the new secretary, or part of the friendly committee that makes all this possible, should phone Robyn Donovan on 0428 528 593 for more information.