Royal Show lost $2.8m last year

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

AFL fi­nals, a down­turn in the econ­omy and ax­ing free en­try for chil­dren un­der 12 cre­ated a “per­fect storm” for the 2015 Perth Royal Show, ac­cord­ing to Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (RAS) chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Cooper.

The an­nual event at the Clare­mont Show­ground made a loss of $2.8 mil­lion last year but Mr Cooper said the RAS would not be sac­ri­fic­ing com­pe­ti­tions or pro­duce this year be­cause of the deficit. “We spent $4 mil­lion on com­pe­ti­tions and show­cases last year and there’s a zero re­turn for the or­gan­i­sa­tion but that’s why we exist,” he said.

“We put all our money back in to our com­pe­ti­tions.”

Mr Cooper said vis­i­tors should make the most of the 12 hours of free ac­tiv­i­ties ev­ery day. “If you spend the time and go around the show and en­joy the ac­tiv­i­ties it’s a great day for fam­i­lies,” he said.

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