The move to Phase Four and Five restrictions has cleared the way for major WA events such as Skyworks and the Perth Royal Show to run as normal, with decisions on both popular drawcards expected by the end of the month. The McGowan Government plans to remove both the 2sqm rule and all restrictions on maximum crowd sizes by July 18, well ahead of the usual September start for the Royal Show and next year’s Australia Day fireworks display. A buoyant Paul Carter, president of the Royal Agricultural Society WA, said yesterday he hoped the Perth Royal Show would go ahead, with the council slated to meet tomorrow to make a final decision. He said the enabling of mass gatherings meant a major hurdle had been overcome but that a $2 million funding shortfall still loomed as a potential showstopper. “To put on the show, the Royal Agricultural Society relies on about $2.5 million to $3 million in revenue from other events we run throughout the year but during the COVID shutdown we’ve had zero revenue while having to maintain a skeleton staff,” Mr Carter said. He said RASWA was in discussions with the WA Government and had applied for a LotteryWest grant. “We are passionate about getting this year’s show up for the community of Western Australia so we can together celebrate the very best of our State from its produce to its people and most importantly connect country and city again,” he said. Prior to yesterday’s announcement, City of Perth officers had recommended axing Skyworks over coronavirus concerns and replacing the fireworks display with a smaller scale hawkers market and concert celebrating Aboriginal culture at Supreme Court Gardens. Chair Commissioner Andrew Hammond declined to comment on whether the move to Phase Four and Five restrictions would influence the decision of commissioners, who meet next Tuesday to make a final decision. A City of Perth spokeswoman said commissioners would meet tonight for a briefing ahead of next week’s council meeting and could “request additional information to be included in the final report… as a result of (yesterday’s) announcements by the State Government on further easing of restrictions related to COVID-19.” Premier Mark McGowan urged commissioners to retain the long-running Skyworks, which draws hundreds of thousands of revellers to the Swan River foreshore every Australia Day. “I hope it will be held,” he said. “Even if it is a broader event, if they held Skyworks and a farmers market at the same time I think that would be an interesting event.” He also said there was no reason the Perth Royal Show could not proceed, provided it did not rely on interstate travel. “If some of the carnival attractions or rides or what have you are coming from the east, I can’t give them certainty about that at this point in time because we don’t have a date in mind for bringing our border arrangement down at this point in time,” the Premier said.