ROCK ON: Ben Whiting, left, Geoff Slingsby and Billy Donaldson from the Ballina band Brittle (formerly Brittle FX) think a conc
ROCK ON: Ben Whiting, left, Geoff Slingsby and Billy Donaldson from the Ballina band Brittle (formerly Brittle FX) think a conc

BALLINA NY EVE CONCERT PLAN

mary mann mary.mann@northernstar.com.au BALLINA could become party central this New Year's Eve. The organisers of the Beats on the Beach music festival have their hearts set on holding their event on the big night. The Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce is also having a look at five suggestions for an adult-focused celebration in the coastal village ? which would be the first in two years. And on the Plateau, the Alstonville Apex Club has again received funding for its family-oriented party, which ends at 9pm, in the showground. It is early days, but if they all happen, the shire will host the three biggest events in the region, all targeting different age groups. Ballina police are still considering their reaction to the idea, but mayor Phillip Silver says he would prefer celebrations in the shire to be low-key, family events. And Ballina resident John Byrne, who lives near the Beats on the Beach festival site at Kingsford Smith Park, says New Year's Eve events like the music festival were likely to bring alcohol-related trouble to town. "I'm all in favour of the festival providing entertainment and activities to people on New Year's Eve, just not here, in a residential area," he said. "It is likely to be bring noise, traffic and bad behaviour." Promotor Chris Mitchell didn't want to give too much away, except to confirm discussions with Ballina Shire Council were taking place. He said the New Year's Eve event might replace the New Year's Day concert, which was this year attended by 5000 and ran from 10am to 9pm on advice from police, or be an extension of it. The boys in local band Brittle were 'stoked' with the idea, saying their town had missed out on end of year celebrations for long enough. "What we need is a whole New Year's Eve celebration, with the concert, then fireworks, a countdown at midnight and then maybe a DJ on after that so people don't leave and cause trouble," drummer Geoff Slingsby said. The Ballina Chamber of Commerce has also come out in support of the proposed Beats on the Beach New Year's Eve event, saying as long as security measures were in place, it would be good for the town. Businessman Allan Lane said the concert would be good for the local economy. Concertgoers would tend to stay for a few days and spend their money here.



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