Byron Ragamuffin loss now Ballina's gain

RAGAMUFFIN Festival organiser Andrew McManus has confirmed the festival now will be held at Ballina on January 26, after promoters ditched Byron Bay's Red Devil Park as a venue.

Byron Bay lost the event this week over concerns about traffic management and parking at the football grounds, which, until this year, had been used as the venue for the Blues Festival.

However, Mr McManus said Ballina Shire Council had approved Ragamuffin, which was expected to draw about 4000 people, for the Seagulls Rugby League Club within days under its public events policy.

Mr McManus complained Byron Shire Council had been difficult to deal with. “They have put so many hurdles in our way,” he said.

“Last year we ran a great show and brought $300,000 to the town, and this year it was going to be even bigger and better.”

Mr McManus said just last week Byron Council asked for an engineer's survey of Byron Bay High School car park at a cost of $16,000 and $28,000 for traffic management.

“It was financial suicide,” he said.



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