Ballina Council will confer with jockey club before seeking deferral of September 13 Cup day holiday

Alex Easton alex.easton@northernstar.com.au BALLINA Shire Council is likely to ask the State Government to scrap or defer the town's half-day Ballina Cup holiday.

NSW Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca has written to some regional councils asking their thoughts on the fate of the holidays, should horse flu force the cancellation of regional cup events. Ballina Shire Council general manager Paul Hickey said Ballina would not respond to the letter until Monday, when the Ballina Jockey Club (BJC) is expected to know whether its Cup Day will go ahead.

The council would not form a firm view on what should happen to the holiday until it had advice from both the BJC and the local chamber of commerce, he said. However, Mr Hickey said the council was leaning towards deferring the holiday if the September 13 Cup Day is moved to October, an option being considered by the BJC.

Lismore, which has its Cup Day two weeks after Ballina, was not one of the councils written to by Mr Della Bosca. However, the Lismore Turf Club is also expected to decide on the future of its Cup event next Monday or Tuesday. A Lismore City Council spokeswoman said the council would have to seek feedback from the community before advising the Minister on whether the holiday should go ahead or be scrapped.

The council would accept whatever verdict came down from the Minister on the holiday, she said.



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