Review of days off
NOW is the time to have your say on which days the Clarence Valley will have as public holidays and which will remain on the calendar as "event days".
Clarence Valley Council is calling for submissions from the public by this Friday, November 15.
Jacaranda Festival committee member Kristy Schrader said the committee put in its submission change Jaca Thursday back to a half-day public holiday after it changed to an event day this year.
"We have thought about it objectively, from both a business perspective and as the committee, and for the greater good our stance is on having a public holiday," Ms Schrader said.
She said while numbers appeared to hold steady this year, the committee was not confident it could hold that grasp without a half-day holiday.
"We're stepping into our 80th year and with the additional events in the pipeline, we can't pull that off without a public holiday," Ms Schrader said.
"It's the only way schools can close, along with larger institutions like the banks who were not allowed to close.
"Having looked at the school attendance, I believe it was sitting well below 30%, so it's worthwhile for them to close.
"Plus small businesses will still have the option as to whether they trade or not."
As one of Grafton's biggest annual festivals, Ms Schrader said classing Jaca Thursday as an event day "devalued the day" because it was "business as usual".
If you agree with the committee, or if you don't, the council wants to hear about it.
Director of environment, planning and community Des Schroder urged every-one to have their say.
Send your submissions by post to The General Manager, Clarence Valley Council, Locked Bag 23, Grafton NSW 2460 or click here to send an email to council.
If you do not have a submission form, drop into the council chambers to pick up one.
- An event day means it is business as usual, with no public holiday and businesses do not have to pay penalty rates, etc.