New Years festivals canned at Ballina, Mullumbimby

By MARY MANN IF YOU were planning to party on at Ballina's Beats on the Beach music festival this New Year's Day you will have to find somewhere else to go.

The festival, held for the first time on New Year's Day this year, has been cancelled.

And it is not the only one. Mullumbimby's Electric Sunrise Super Disco has also been canned.

Promoter Johnathon Russell said the event, held last New Year's Day at the Mullumbimby rugby grounds, was in direct competition with Beats on the Beach.

"We lost money last year," he said. And over at Lennox Head, fear of drunken teenagers running amok through the village has prompted the local chamber of commerce to pull the pin on its plans for New Year's Eve celebrations.

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 put it in the too-hard basket.

"It's too hard to resurrect New Year's Eve without the full support of the community," the president, Brett Jones said.

But all is not lost. Aside from the usual partying in pubs and clubs, there are still a couple of New Year's Eve events on the Northern Rivers to choose from.

Over at Byron Bay, the New Year's Eve Safety Committee is putting on a big celebration, which will include a synchronised light and laser show on the lighthouse and musical video projections on the surf club at Apex Park.

At Alstonville, the local Apex Club is putting on a family-oriented event with fireworks, with the help of a $12,000 grant from Ballina Shire Council.

Lismore's annual Tropical Fruits dance party will take place at the showgrounds.

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