Doof party planners may face fines

THE people behind a doof party held at Wadeville during MardiGrass could face fines of up to $60,000 if Kyogle Council takes the matter to the NSW Land and Environment Court and wins.

Dennis Whittaker, 51, of Wadeville, was killed 200 metres from the party when he was hit by a car being driven by a 26-year-old party-goer.

Mr Whittaker had been refused entry to the party and was walking along Kyogle Road when he was struck down.

Two days before the party, attended by 2000 people, Kyogle Council issued a ‘prevention action’ to its organisers to try to stop it.

However, organisers decided to continue with plans for the doof, an event not officially associated with MardiGrass.

“They have undertaken an event that was a threat to public health and safety,” Kyogle Council director of planning and environmental services, John Hession, said.

“With this death it has been taken to the extreme.”

Had the event received council approval, Mr Hession said there would have been traffic management and controls put in place.

“There would have been the SES ushering traffic into allocated parking,” he said.

The council has issued nine penalty infringement notices to owners of the land on which the party was held, and to the party organiser.

Mr Hession said the organiser had previously held illegal parties at Collins Creek and Deep Creek.

A report into the doof is being prepared by council staff and legal advice sought from a senior counsel. It isexpected councillors will make a decision on what action will be taken at a future council meeting.

Criminal charges have not been laid against the party’s organisers.

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