Chamber pulls plug on Lennox NYE party
By MARY MANN
FEARS of drunk teenagers running amok through Lennox Head has prompted the local Chamber of Commerce to pull the pin on its New Year's Eve celebration plans.
The chamber called for ideas for a New Year's Eve event in February, eager to revamp the celebrations after two years of no organised events.
But after negative comments from community members concerned about a repeat of past antisocial behaviour, the chamber has put it in the too hard basket.
"It's too hard to resurrect New Year's Eve without the full support of the community," chamber president Brett Jones said.
Lennox business owner Mick Marrs agrees Lennox is better off without it.
"New Year's Eve has not been a nice time to be in Lennox, I've got to say that," he said.
"An event should not be considered unless strict safety measures are put in place, as was done about 10 years ago."
Mr Marrs said for a New Year's Eve event to be successful in the town, measures such as implementing temporary police and ambulance stations, hiring a bus and having private security would need to be implemented.
Brian Smith, president of the local Residents' Association, said he did not want to see the town 'go back to the bad old days'.
"It is possible to have an event without all that trouble, but it has to be well organised with security. For that to happen we need someone to organise and pay for it and it doesn't look like that will happen," he said.
Local youth advocate Kellie O'Brien suggested towns in the shire combine their resources and take turns at holding New Year's Eve events.
Ballina councillor Peter Moore said holding no event would neglect those who wanted to 'do it properly'.