Council backs quarter-day public holiday for 2015 Ballina Cup
BALLINA Shire Council has thrown its support behind a quarter-day public holiday for next year's Ballina Cup on September 10.
If approved by NSW Treasury, the quarter-day public holiday will be held from noon to 6pm.
The decision to go with a public holiday over an events day means all banks must close unless they hold an approval to be open.
Shops can open without restriction but all employees are entitled to be absent from work and will receive penalty rates if they chose to work.
Six submissions were received in support of either a part-day or half-day public holiday or local event day, and 15 submissions were received against any proposal for a part-day or half-day public holiday.
In a public submission, Ballina High School relieving principal John Douglas said he had not received one positive comment about a possible half-day public holiday.
"The main issues being the disruption to the day, year 12 students losing half a day prior to their Higher School Certificate, the total lack of transport due to the non-variance in times for buses, (and) the event is very restrictive and is non inclusive of adolescence," Mr Douglas wrote.
In a deputation to council, Ballina Jockey Club general manager Matthew Bertram pointed out the club's contribution to the community.
Mr Bertram said the club spent $250,000 on last year's Ballina Cup with that money spent on local operators, wages and marketing.
He said the club donated $25,000 a year to Ambulance NSW and $40,000 a year to Ballina Shire Council.
Cr Susan Meehan said the message the council did not support the club could affect the economic potential of the industry.
"The significance it has now is so small in comparison to the potential it has," Cr Meehan said.