A new location for the Royal Launceston Show is yet to be determined as plans to lease the Inveresk site stay on the table.
A spokesperson for the Royal Launceston Show Society said there had been no new location found for the 2021 show but plans for the event were on track.
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The University of Tasmania plans to redevelop the Launceston Show site, which also houses the Magic Millions Yearling Sale and the Esk Market, into an 800-space car park.
However, the plans have been put on hold due to an appeal lodged by TasBreeders, who say they will suffer undue hardship if they are required to move from the site prior to the 2021 sale, due in February. An appeal is underway before the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal.
The first hearing was held into the matter last week, with another scheduled for September. It will be the third time the show has moved locations, in its 147-year history. It initially was hosted at Inveresk (where UTAS Stadium was constructed), then moved to the Elphin Showgrounds and then back again to Inveresk.
City of Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten said the council supported a number of events across Northern Tasmania.
When asked if the council would actively find an alternative location, Cr van Zetten said it was a matter for the show society.
“In terms of the future of the Royal Launceston Show, that’s a matter for the Show Society and we will take our lead from any decision they make,” he said.
“The council believes it is vitally important from a social and cultural perspective that the region has a vibrant and broad range of events and we will continue to support those.”