Casino?s chance to kick up its heels
By NERIDA BLOK
CHARLIE COX is keen to celebrate Casino's 150th anniversary this year.
However, the Richmond Valley mayor says he'll be guided by what the community wants.
Cr Cox said November was being earmarked as the month to hold the main celebrations, to coincide with the original gazettal of the town.
"Casino was proclaimed in the Government Gazette in November 30, 1855," he said.
At this stage, however, Cr Cox said there were no formal plans in place because an anniversary committee was yet to be formed.
"I should imagine the community would be looking for a particular day of celebration, with a number of activities during that week in keeping with the theme," he said.
"But I would expect one main day, with a week of celebrations."
Cr Cox said Casino's Beef Week committee had shown interest in wanting to be involved, as had Primex, the show society and the local historical group.
With council approval and financial budget backing of up to $10,000 now received, Cr Cox said expressions of interest in joining the committee were being called until February 25.
"We hope the committee will be formed with members from the community," he said.
"Although I hope to sit in on the committee, with perhaps one or two other members of council, we feel it should be a community-driven event.
"The council would provide the adminis- tration."