Doof leads council in merry dance
KYOGLE Council will decide at its February meeting whether it will fine the organisers of an illegal doof party held at Roseberry Creek on Australia Day weekend or prosecute them in court.
Several hundred people attended the dance party, held on private property on January 26 and 27.
It attracted numerous complaints from neighbours.
The council's general manager Arthur Piggott said the council could either impose fines totalling between $5000 and $10,000 on the property owner and the two organisers of the event or take the matter to court in a bid to have even larger fines enforced.
He said by prosecuting the matter in court, the council risked incurring significant legal costs.
"We believe the promoters of these sorts of events factor in possible council fines into the ticket prices," he said.
"So they are prepared to cop the fines knowing they are still going to make money.
The council and police tried unsuccessfully during the week leading up to Australia Day to shut the party down.
Despite this, the event, which had been expected to attract up to 3000 revellers, went ahead although torrential rain on Australia Day kept crowd numbers down.
Meanwhile, Kyogle police have seized "a number of items of interest" during an operation involving a drug sniffer dog on Roseberry Creek Rd on Australia Day.
Sgt Aaron Reid said the items were being tested.
"What action, if any, police will take will depend on the analysis results," he said.