Evans residents attack 'scrooge' council
By THERESE SCHIER
RICHMOND Valley Council has been accused of playing Scrooge after refusing to lend a truck for tonight's Christmas carols in Evans Head.
The Mid-Richmond Community carols, organised by the combined churches in Evans Head, have had the use of the truck for the past few years to stage carols on the oval at the Evans River K-12 school.
The council refused the group's request this year, saying it was forming a new policy on lending council equipment and it could not lend them the truck until the policy was in place.
The policy would explore issues such as workplace health and safety, and the cost of hiring out the truck, estimated at about $100.
Presbyterian minister Paul McKindrick is disappointed the council would not change its mind and accused it of being mean-spirited.
"We've always been able to get the truck," he said.
"We're just disappointed that, in the end, council is supposed to be supporting the community," he said.
Cr Col Sullivan also thinks the decision is stingy.
"I'm disappointed and disgusted that for the sake of $100 this council has refused them."
However mayor Charlie Cox defended the decision, saying the council needs to have a policy in place.
"It's unfortunate that they approached us so late," he said.
Broadwater Sugar Mill saved the day by lending the group a truck.
The carols will be moved into the school gymnasium in the event of rain.