PERFORMANCE ON HOLD: Tatsiana Paltauskaya, Katya Martesivich and Oxana Belyaeva of the Great Moscow Circus.
PERFORMANCE ON HOLD: Tatsiana Paltauskaya, Katya Martesivich and Oxana Belyaeva of the Great Moscow Circus. Sharyn Oneill

Great disappointment: Moscow Circus Ballina Easter show axed

WOULD-BE circus goers may have to wait a little longer to see what's under the big top after organisers behind the Great Moscow Circus Australian Tour failed to lodge a development application with the Ballina Shire Council on time.

The council's development manager, Rod Willis, told the council an application for the circus had not been lodged and there was not enough time for staff to process it.

Mayor David Wright said the council voted to speed up the application.

But circus organiser Michael Edgley has since contacted the council and said it wouldn't be possible to get the circus infrastructure to Ballina in time for Easter.

"So they're promised to come back in September/October," Cr Wright said.

Cr Wright said the circus was hoping to have an application written and approved within five days - the process usually takes three weeks.

"We voted, because it's such a good thing for the town, that we would try to do it," he said.

"But at the moment it's still on hold until later on in the year.

"If it was just an ordinary circus, it mightn't have been so bad, but because it's the Moscow circus, it will bring people from everywhere."

Ballina High School principal Daniel Henman said the circus had contacted the school and asked to use part of the school's soccer field for additional space.

However Mr Henman said he understood the circus wouldn't be coming until Term 2.

BEST EVER CIRCUS ACTS

Jumbo: In the first six weeks of the "Greatest Show on Earth" at New York City in 1882, Jumbo helped the show gross $336,000. He measured 12ft tall at the shoulders and weighed six-and-a-half tonnes

Harry Houdini: One of the world's greatest magicians got his start with the Welsh Brothers Circus in 1895. His expertise in escapism launched him into international stardom

Gargantua: Billed as "the world's most terrifying living creature," the gorilla saved the Ringling brothers from bankruptcy when he joined the show in 1938


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