DEFLATED: A giant octopus kite being inflated at last years Kites and Bikes Festival at Brunswick Heads.
DEFLATED: A giant octopus kite being inflated at last years Kites and Bikes Festival at Brunswick Heads.

Brunswick Heads kites are grounded

By RACHEL AFFLICK rachel.afflick@northernstar.com.au BRUNSWICK Heads' much-loved Kites and Bikes festival won't make it off the ground this year.

Organisers have been forced to cancel it%because of a lack of both money and volunteers, but say it will be back in 2008.

The festival's founder, Kim Rosen, said she was 'extremely disappointed' the event would not be staged as it has been so successful in the past. But she stressed it was only taking a 'breather'.

"Next year we'll go again," she said.

Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce president Russell Siwicki said it costs about $20,000 to run Kites and Bikes.

Until now the chamber had been able to keep the costs to families right down because of the generosity of a few regular major sponsors, but the costs kept rising and it was getting harder to find volunteers, he said.

"The three previous co-ordinators had been unavailable this year so the chamber put out for a co-ordinator and a band of enthusiastic workers," he said.

"Sadly the response was poor, and a few volunteers and scant resources can only be stretched so far."

Mr Siwicki would like to see the Byron Shire Council create a greater distinction between commercial events and small community festivals.

He said the DA process with road closure and legal compliance should be a lot simpler and council costs should be greatly reduced.



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