Tit-for-tat complaint causes sausage sizzle snag

HUNGRY fishermen fronting up for a snag off the barbie outside Evans Head Sport and Marine will be sadly disappointed this year.

Shop owner Neil Scrimshaw has put on a sausage sizzle early each morning throughout the Evans Head Fishing Classic for the past 12 years.

But this year a complaint to Richmond Valley Council about the footpath barbecue has shut the tradition down.

The council's senior environmental health officer Andrew Hanna confirmed a complaint had been made and, as Mr Scrimshaw did not have a permit for the barbecue, he was required to stop serving his sausages.

The complainant, David Gibson, of Maclean, said Mr Scrimshaw was simply getting a dose of his own medicine.

According to Mr Gibson, his attempts last year to raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter by selling home-made fishing sinkers were thwarted by Mr Scrimshaw's complaints to the council.

Mr Gibson had to front up to court over the matter and copped a $380 fine. He is still incensed by the incident, particularly as he was an authorised fundraiser for the helicopter service.

“If Neil had been smart he could have bought me out of sinkers, sold them for triple the price and written a cheque to support the helicopter service,” Mr Gibson said.

“Now he sees there is one rule for all if you don't have the proper permit.”

Mr Scrimshaw said he was not sure who had made the complaint but the irony was it was saving him money rather than costing him money.

“I give the sausages away but I buy them from the local butcher and the bread from the local baker, so now they are missing out,” he said.

“And the fishermen are pretty upset. They turn up looking for a sausage before heading out.”



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