Hall fee is waived

MACLEAN High School students hoping to perform a school musical appear likely to be given a reprieve from hiring costs for the Maclean Civic Hall.

Last week the school's Teachers Federation representative John Ambrose said Clarence Valley Council staff had advised it was likely to charge for the use of the hall. He said the council decided to charge the school for the use of the Jim Thompson Pavilion at the Maclean Showground to conduct Higher School Certificate exams last year and was advised by council staff the same policy could apply for the civic hall hire.

“The council has informed us that they will be charging a hire fee of between $3000-$4000,” he said.

“No such charge has ever been issued before and such an exorbitant cost seriously puts our production in doubt.”

During the heat of the election campaign, Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell also weighed in.

He said it was outrageous the council would demand a hire fee of up to $4000 for a show which promoted local talent and was of benefit to the community.

He said Maclean High students were renowned for their creative flair through dance and drama performances and people from near and far attended their annual musical extravaganza.

But Mayor Richie Williamson said it was unlikely the charge would apply. He said the matter had to be considered by the council, but he had spoken to other councillors and the consensus was that the fee would be waived.

He said the hire of a pavilion to conduct exams and for a musical were different.

He said it should be the responsibility of the NSW Government to provide a safe and secure environment for HSC exams, not the ratepayers of the Clarence Valley.

He said the use of a hall for a musical, which was outside the school's normal functions, was different.

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