Festival is for all the family
YOU go away to work up north for a while and come home to find the council has messed up your favourite day.
This was the experience of the Thomson family who recently returned to Grafton after a stint in the Torres Strait Islands.
Bev Thomson was glad to hear the Department of Education was seeing some sense on the issue after it said a note saying kids were taking part in festivities would excuse an absence.
"It's good, but our kids were going to have the day anyway, they're allowed a certain number of sick days and we were going to use those," Mrs Thomson said.
Bev's husband Stuart Thomson remains concerned his employer will not recognise the day since it was downgraded to an event day.
He was particularly worried it would mean he would miss his favourite part of the day, the breakfast.
"The thing I can't understand is, they have kept the race days as public holidays but this is the only local public holiday kids can really get involved in," Mrs Thomson said.
"We certainly weren't too impressed when we heard they were changing it."
Mrs Thomson said she would apply for leave on Jacaranda Thursday to ensure she would be able to spend it with her children.
"It's a shame the council did not take the community cost into account, just the business cost," she said of the decision-making process which prioritised business' demands to avoid paying holiday rates over the gain to the community," said Mrs Thomson.