Council waives fee for eisteddfod

WHAT a difference a day makes.

In Tuesday’s Examiner, we reported that Clarence Valley Council officers had recommended the council proceed with charging Maclean High School for the hire of Maclean Civic Hall to hold its eisteddfod.

But later that evening, the high school’s fear that it would have to fork out $3000-$4000 for hall-hire was all but dead and buried.

The matter was discussed by Clarence Valley Council’s environment, economic and community committee which sat in Maclean on Tuesday afternoon.

Before the matter went before the committee, Maclean High School’s musical director Matt Fisher made a deputation to the councillors.

Mr Fisher made an emotional plea to the committee to reject the recommendation to charge the school.

He said he was disappointed in the recommendation because until recently the school had held a good relationship with council staff.

Mr Fisher told councillors he rejected the assertion Maclean High School’s eisteddfod did not meet the criteria to have the fee waived under council’s donations policy.

He said the school had less access to quality venues than schools located in Grafton and had been officially identified as being situated in a low socio-economic area.

Mr Fisher’s deputation was in addition to a written submission which stated Maclean High School’s productions only made a small profit at best.

He also reminded councillors that any profits made from the school’s musicals were used to purchase resources for the school or the community.

The environment, economic and community committee unanimously agreed with Mr Fisher and voted to waive the fee.

The decision is expected to be rubber stamped when it goes before the full meeting of council next Tuesday.



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