Casino Beef Week set for comeback
By EMMA O'NEILL
MONDAY night's Beef Week Annual General Meeting proved Casino won't be letting the festival become a thing of the past.
Despite the 2007 Beef Week being cancelled due to a lack of funds and community support, 55 new general members signed up on Monday night and the 2008 Beef Week board, elected at the AGM, is the youngest ever assembled.
"It's been a case of people not knowing what they had till it was gone," Beef Week president, Col Sullivan said.
"People have become a lot more supportive of Beef Week after this year's festival was cancelled."
According to Richmond Valley mayor Charlie Cox: "The increased number of young people showing interest in the festival has added to the optimism and enthusiasm surrounding Beef Week for next year."
Col Sullivan said that while none of the 2006 board members stood for re-election, many have shown their interest in supporting the festival in any way they can.
The 2005 Miss Casino Beef Week winner and Casino business owner Casey Saunders said: "It's great people are approaching Beef Week with an open mind, but it's also great they are sticking to the old values."
For the first time the Beef Week board will meet with an independent events consultant, Lorick Management, which has been hired to assist with the successful running of the festival for the next five years. "I'm looking forward to working with the new committee and I can guarantee there will be a Beef Week next year," Col Sullivan said.