Mayor fired up over Curryfest

PLANNING for Woolgoolga’s Curryfest had Coffs Harbour mayor Keith Rhoades hot and bothered at Thursday’s city council meeting.

Cr Jennifer Bonfield asked why Curryfest organisers had been refused permission for the April 9 event to run the entire length of the Woolgoolga reserve, avoiding street closures, and could this be changed for next year.

Cr Bonfield said Curryfest committee members had been told this was not possible because it would restrict people from using the beach and might block views from the caravans at the front of the park.

Comments from the staff said the decision was based on maintaining access for community members not attending the festival and the same rule applied to all other fairs and markets on the beach reserve.

Cr Rhoades said the decision was “totally ludicrous”.

“On New Year’s Day at Sawtell Reserve it is never an issue when up to 10,000 people converge and use the entire reserve,” he said.

“I can’t believe it can’t be changed between now and this year’s event.

“There is no question of maintaining views. When (visitors) are renting sites they are not renting the view – this is a community reserve.

“We will go back and look at the issues.”



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