STORM IN A D-CUP
By RENEE REDMOND and SAMANTHA TURNBULL
Council orders charity ladies to unhook bras DIANE Parker and Marilyn Perkins are refusing to unhook their bras.
Ballina Shire Council has ordered them to remove a display of 2000 bras on the Wollongbar TAFE fenceline, alongside the Bruxner Highway.
The council's displeasure became known yesterday after a letter was delivered to the ladies of the Alstonville-Wollongbar Quota Club.
Mrs Perkins, the club president, said the multi-coloured and many sized display was promoting an upcoming bra decorating charity competition raising breast cancer awareness.
"Every bra on this fence represents a women who died in Australia last year from breast cancer and people are treating this place as a memorial," Mrs Perkins said.
"It's so petty. This display took almost four hours and 10 women to put up not to mention the months of collecting bras and stringing them together for it."
Mrs Perkins said they would comply with the order to take down signs advertising the Bold and Brassy competition, but the underclothes would remain until after their craft show on August 27-28.
However, the council was unmoved by the act of rebellion.
Rod Willis, from the Ballina Shire Council's event promotion department, said the council had adopted a new signage and local approvals policy which did not allow the club to hang the bras or signs.
"We've had problems in the past with littering and signs being put up and not taken down and we also run into problems with commercial operators asking why they can't do the same thing," he said.
Mr Willis said he was trying to be fair with all charities and community groups.
He said it made no difference the bras were hung on TAFE property.
"You can own a block of land that's your prop- erty, but that doesn't mean you can go and put up an illuminated sign in your front yard," he said. "We're not trying to overwhelm them with bureaucracy but we want to make sure every charity gets a fair run."
Wollongbar TAFE Campus manager Peter Mehan said he approved the bra display after getting the green light from the RTA.
"We thought we had gone about this the right way, we even moved our cows out of the top paddocks so they wouldn't chew on the bras, " he said.
An RTA spokeswoman said they had no problem with the bras.
"The RTA did speak to the TAFE and we said they could do anything on their own property as long as it wasn't a road hazard," she said.
"If they were in the middle of the road it would be a different story."
Mr Willis recognised Quota had sought approval to hang the bras, but said a council employee who was unaware of the new policy had incorrectly referred them to the Roads and Traffic Authority.
"We're not outraged morally and the council doesn't want to come between the women and their bras, but if people are being encouraged to stop and add their bra to the fence then that could cause problems with no traffic measures in place because it is the Bruxner Highway."
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