Jul 21, 2021 | Business, Community, Political

Sideshow alley at Logan City show next month might be in jeopardy

  • Rod Stephen is a former television journalist and has worked as Foreign Editor for the Seven Network, Australian Bureau Chief for TV3 New Zealand, UK correspondent for Seven and ABC radio and as a producer for Reuters TV in London as well as SBS in Sydney and Melbourne before returning to Brisbane to work at 4BC.

Sideshow alley could look very different at Logan City show on the 9th of next month, with Australia’s travelling show industry on the brink of collapse due to insurance woes.

The remaining two insurers covering public liability have left the Australian market causing carnival businesses to close as policies expire.


The Trustee of the Showman’s Guild of Australasia Lewis Osborne has said he’s already lost 70 percent of his income and his business is struggling to survive.

However, Mr Osborne believes the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman may soon resolve the issues for over a thousand members of the Guild.

According to Mr Osborne one of the reasons for insurance companies dropping out of covering public liability was the 2016 Dreamworld tragedy when the operators of the theme park were fined $3.6 million dollars over the deaths of four people on a malfunctioning water ride.

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