JOINT EFFORT: Rod McKelvey, Denise Knight, Santa Clause, Lifehouse Church pastors Kate and Mark Wray, and The Toads announce 2015 Coffs Coast Carols.
JOINT EFFORT: Rod McKelvey, Denise Knight, Santa Clause, Lifehouse Church pastors Kate and Mark Wray, and The Toads announce 2015 Coffs Coast Carols. Emily Burley

Community comes together to save carols

COFFS Harbour City Council has swooped in to save Coffs Coast Carols, partnering with Lifehouse Church and Coffs City Centre Masterplan Committee to ensure the event will go ahead this year.

The carols will return next Saturday, December 19, after a lack of funding meant the event could not run in 2014.

Mayor Denise Knight said the carols were missed last year.

"I started pushing this in about May, realising that we weren't going to have carols again this year," Cr Knight said. "What a travesty for a city this size.

"(Masterplan Committee chairman) Rod McKelvey and I basically hit the phones and rang businesses and whoever we thought could come on board."

She said working together to ensure the event could proceed was a reflection of Christmas - and community - spirit.

"Council couldn't have done it alone, Lifehouse couldn't have done it alone, and the Masterplan Committee couldn't have done it alone," Cr Knight said.

"This is so typically Coffs Harbour - we just all help each other and that's why I love being the mayor."

The Brelsford Park location will see the event return to the city centre for the first time in years.



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