Letter to the Editor - November 15: Rates for the basics

IN MARGARET Beckett's letter (CCA November 12) she incorrectly believes ratepayers will support a rate increase or major fundraising efforts to pay for a cultural centre/art gallery/theatre, etc. on City Hill.

She couldn't be more wrong.

We certainly would not think of paying extra rates for such a venture. Rates are paid for the basic things like footpaths, kerbing and guttering, and waste collection, etc.

Small country towns cannot afford such extravagance. Coffs Harbour isn't even a regional city. This area is generous for worthy causes, but not wealthy.

Woolgoolga has a wonderful, community-run art gallery catering for all needs, including the Lillipilli Art Exhibition, and we don't need any more places of entertainment. Theatres and all their trappings belong to capital cities. There are many areas in the region for performers to give pleasure through entertaining, if one looks for them.

ANDREW AND BARBARA GILKES



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