LENNOX NYE UNDER THREAT
By BREE PRICE
YOUNG revellers have vowed to party on despite a Ballina Shire Council push to end official New Year's Eve celebrations at Lennox Head this year.
Lauren Bogaards, 16, said young people would party regardless of the council's decision at Thursday's meeting.
"People will still go there," the Ballina resident said. "I like going to Lennox. It's fun and it's a good way to spend New Year's Eve."
In a report to the council, staff recommended 'no event be provided' at Lennox Head ? a suggestion originally made by community representatives.
The main street would not be blocked off from traffic and the beachfront would be an alcoholfree area.
The community members also asked that no organised entertainment or fireworks be held so people would not think there was an 'event' at Lennox Head.
Other young partygoers agreed that the decision to shut down Lennox Head to official celebrations would not stop the party.
"You cannot stop people partying," Lennox Head resident Gigi Law, 22, said.
"Lennox Head is a great New Year's Eve venue because you can have a few drinks and know you can get home.
"It's well policed and everybody is having a good time. It's got a good vibe."
A Lennox Head resident who supports the council's new stance, Chris Clare, conceded crowds would probably still turn up.
"It's up to them if they want to come but there won't be anything for them once they get here," he said.
"We don't want to see our town trashed again."
The council report also recommended the council back an Alstonville New Year's Eve event, to be held by the Apex Club, and let the general manager authorise other community events within the shire.
Mayor Phil Silver backed the recommendation and said he was confident other councillors would too, when it came to the vote at tomorrow's council meeting.
But he said it didn't spell the end of New Year's Eve celebrations in Lennox Head.
"It's quite possible a not-forprofit organisation at Lennox Head might come forward," he said. "And as long as they meet the criteria, I believe council will help them financially."