Police give MardiGrass the OK
POLICE have given MardiGrass the green light after fears were allayed that participants intended to occupy the local police station.
Following a meeting between police and organisers on Wednesday, Richmond LAC commander, Superintendent Greg Martin said he had been assured the rally would follow the same format as previous years.
Supt Martin said inflammatory wording and artwork on publicity material had sparked concerns that organisers were looking to provoke a confrontation with police.
Michael Balderstone, an organiser, said an "occupy" stamp on a poster had given a false impression.
He said they had assured police not to take it literally.
"There was talk of a mass surrender, but that is not happening and instead we may have a wreath ceremony at the front of the station for the victims of prohibition," he said.
Mr Balderstone said they were still awaiting approval for the May 5-6 event from Council, but were confident it would be approved.
Police and organisers reached agreement on how the march for cannabis law reform in Lismore on May 1 should be held.
Mr Balderstone said the march would be on footpaths as they were not permitted to disrupt traffic.
It would proceed from Lismore Court House to the police station next door and then to the offices of Federal MP Janelle Saffin and State MP Thomas George.
Mr Balderstone hoped the march would attract a broad cross-section of the community; not just hippies.