Lennox Head Christmas Carols saved
THE Lennox Head Christmas Carols have been saved.
Following a pledge by the Macadamia Castle to donate $5000 if it was matched by Ballina Shire Council, the councillors came through yesterday by agreeing to help fund the event.
But they said the organisers had to spend the council dollars on items such as infrastructure and insurance.
The carols night – which brings thousands of people to Williams Reserve – came perilously close to being called off.
Last month, the council denied money to the event under its festivals budget, and the Lennox Head Lions Club said it could not run the event.
A committee was then set up in an effort to save the carols.
Councillors Peter Moore and Jeff Johnson raised the matter with general manager Paul Hickey and the carols were considered under the donations budget yesterday.
“The carols is an event which we should be supporting,” Cr Moore said.
“It is one of those times when almost everyone meets on Williams Reserve.
“We are talking about an event that brings people together.”
Despite a request, the council did not fund the Ballina and District Ministers' Association's Riverside Carols night at yesterday's meeting.
Cr Robyn Hordern voted against the motion to fund the Lennox carols night, but she said it was not because she thought it was a bad event.
However, she said the Ministers' night should also have been considered.
Cr Jeff Johnson said the Lennox Head carols event was a great night.
“This is a much-needed and welcomed community event,” he said.
“The whole community is behind it. This is exactly what our donations budget is for.”