Deal dropped, carnival to shift

FIVE Ballina Shire primary schools have been forced to cover the cost of relocating their annual athletics carnival at the last minute after Ballina Shire Council decided to drop an agreement to pay for white track markings at the traditional grounds.

Empire Vale, Wardell, Cabbage Tree Island, Broadwater and Fernleigh public schools were informed two weeks ago that council would not provide the markings for their carnival at Wardell.

The schools will now bear the cost of transporting the students by bus to Evans Head.

Principal of Cabbage Tree Island public school Dyonne Anderson said the agreement had been terminated without any consultation.

"Keeping the event local is very important to us - a lot of our communities are disadvantaged and don't have access to transport," she said.

Ballina Shire mayor Phillip Silver said council declined a request to mark the field, and said the council would no longer 'pick up the tab' for state government departments.

"We regard funding Department of Education activities as being cost-shifting from government to council," he said.



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