People are spending more time at home due to the colder than average weather.
People are spending more time at home due to the colder than average weather.

Home hibernation a winter trend

BLAME the cold weather or the financial crisis we weren’t supposed to have.

But slow ticket sales at events across the region have seen promoters wondering just what they have to do to get bums on seats.

Most recently, organisers of the Opera at the Channon said they feared for the future of the event because of lacklustre ticket sales.

Event spokesman Geoff Cawley blamed tight family budgets and poor recent weather.

Now other event organisers are whispering behind closed doors about poor sales, with the latest casualty in the attendance stakes the Northern Star Comedy Cave at Lismore.

General manager of NORPA, Delia O’Hara, said NORPA regretted having to announce its closure.

“A new initiative that was launched in March, the Comedy Cave, was established to present the best comedians in the country and attract younger audiences into Lismore City Hall,” she said.

The move was attributed to very sluggish box office results.

“We knew it would take time for the Comedy Cave audience to build. However, we are feeling the pinch of the economic downturn right across the board and we simply don’t have room in our budget to invest any further in this new program at this time.”

Tomorrow night’s Comedy Cave will be the last event.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology, Andrew Winchester, said winter had been slightly cooler than normal.

“June was around 0.5-1 degrees colder for the Northern Rivers overall, with average to above average rainfall, although nothing like places just south at Woolgoolga and South West Rocks, which received long-term rainfall records,” he said.

“July so far looks to be 1-1.5 degrees cooler than average, but with cloudy conditions expected over the next four or five days, this might even it up a little.”

People’s reluctance to go out is good news for some businesses, though.

At Londy’s Takeaway in Casino, owners Jack and Denise Londy said they were having a very busy winter.

Late Night Video Byron and the Dendy Byron Bay also reported an increase in business when rainy and cold.



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