Council putting up obstacles to carnival

Council putting up obstacles to carnival

As a member of Lismore People for Reconciliation I would like to register my sadness at Lismore City Councils decision not to host the 37th NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival.

The packed public gallery heard overwhelming arguments in favour of hosting the carnival. It would have benefited the entire community, and having witnessed the debate I cannot for the life of me understand why any representative of this community would vote against it. The decision against the carnival made by Crs King, Crimmins, Meineke, Henry, Graham, Hampton, and Chant shows a singular lack of leadership and vision, a lack of vision which is all the more distressing because of the tear it makes in the social fabric of our community.

If only you councillors had used your positions to say: Here is an opportunity for us to do something positive for the Lismore community. To say: There are some problems to iron out but as a Council we have the resources to work with the organisers and get the job done. But no, you used your power not to do any of those things. And not just to do nothing, but to create obstacles as reasons to do nothing.

Thank you to Crs Tomlinson, Sweintek, Dowell, Irwin, and Ekins for speaking up for the 37th NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival. But most of all, thanks to the organisers of the carnival for showing faith in the people of Lismore as potential hosts. And to your local supporters, it is with despair that I say this council does not speak for me.

Rob Garbutt


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