Global is staying right where it is

RUMOURS that Bellingen's Global Carnival is moving to Byron Bay are unfounded.

Co-ordinator, Bryony Taylor, confirmed the 'Chinese whisper' was not true, following its mention at the ordinary meeting of Bellingen Shire Council yesterday.

"This rumour is intriguing we don't know where it has come from or why," Ms Taylor said.

"It is hard to survive in a small rural town and we have certainly had offers from Byron Bay in the past. It has a much larger population to support the festival but we are not going anywhere," she said.

The councillors were discussing the carnival's request for a $3000 donation towards this year's October long weekend event.

Cr Gordon Braithwaite said he thought the request was excessive and recommended the donation remain at $1000.

It was then that Cr Ralph Lynch told them the troubling news.

"I've been warning of this for years - it would be a huge loss," Cr Lynch said.

The mayor, Cr Mark Troy, said the council recognised the significant economic benefits all the festivals brought to the region, but supporting the events can't be left to the council alone.

"They won't survive on the small amount the council can afford," Cr Troy said.

"I'd like to see the economic beneficiaries (local businesses) doing more to support these events."

The council unanimously supported a $2000 donation.

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