Holiday arrangements for the Ballina Cup in 2016 and 2017

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAChanges are afoot for coming Ballina Cup days.

In previous years Ballina Shire Council has made application on behalf of the Ballina Jockey Club for a part-day  public holiday (normally between the hours of 12 noon and 6 pm) for the Ballina Cup.

“NSW Industrial Relations has issued guidelines on applications for public holidays. These guidelines have been amended to allow councils to make applications for the declaration of full or part-day public holidays and local event days for two consecutive years,” the council said.

“The Ballina Jockey Club has advised that the Ballina Cup will be held on Thursday 8 September 2016 and Thursday 14 September 2017.

“Council’s Ordinary meeting on 26 November 2015 considered a request from the Jockey Club to apply for part-day public holidays (between 12 noon and 6 pm) for both dates. In considering that request, Council was mindful of the disruption caused to businesses, parents and children by having a part-day public holiday.

“Council decided to support the declaration of a local event day throughout the Shire for both dates. A local event day is not a public holiday and is something new for the Shire. An extract from the guidelines below outlines what a local event day is.

“Council is required to undertake a public consultation process before it submits its application to NSW Industrial Relations which is due this Friday 4 December 2015.”

Extract from Guidelines:

Declaration of Local Event Day: The capacity for the minister to declare a local event day or part day at the request of a local council is also available under the Public Holidays Act 2010. The minister must be satisfied that the day or part day is, and will be observed as, a day of special significance to the community in the area concerned.

The declaration of a local event day or part-day does not preclude banks or shops located within the designated holiday area from opening or trading on the day.

Implications for Employers: A declared local event day does not automatically mean that employers in the particular locality are compelled to treat the day as a public holiday. Entitlements to paid leave or penalty rates on a local event day will only arise where agreed to at the workplace level, usually in the form of an enterprise agreement or by contract. This goes some way to restoring the industrial arrangements that existed prior to changes in the Commonwealth workplace laws.

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