Lennox attacks council over NYE celebrations
By DAWN COHEN
ONE HUNDRED Lennox Head residents have attacked Ballina Shire Council over the organisation of the New Year's Eve celebrations, according to spokesman Chris Clare.
In a bid to make the celebrations more family-oriented, the council organised a laser light show as a replacement for the traditional beach fireworks.
However, Mr Clare, spokesperson for the Lennox Head Boat Channel Inc, said his organisation, with 100 members, saw the event as a failure.
"Everybody thought it was a failure except the public servant organisers," he said.
The council moved the focus of entertainment from the beachfront to the Williams Reserve sportsfield.
The reserve was fenced off to provide rides, entertainment, a live band and sporting events aimed at children.
However, many revellers were disappointed when the lasers were not visible because of environmental conditions.
"Fireworks have been running on the beachfront for 19 years," Mr Clare said.
"We ended up with nothing. We don't want decisions made for us by bureaucrats.
"We were not consulted about any of it."
Mr Clare also attacked the celebrations for focusing on children.
"New Year's Eve is for adults," he said.
Mayor Phil Silver said that an operational meeting between staff and local business people would review the event on Friday.
"Staff will make a report to council," he said.
Mr Clare said he would be addressing the meeting.