Casino Beef Week organiser Stuart George has denied there is any connection between his employment by CSG miner Metgasco and a decision by the festival to ban political protests in future.
Mr George told local media there had been an ‘avalanche’ of complaints against the political protests in this year’s rally, which included an anti-CSG float and one opposing cuts to local hospitals and health services.
‘People were all saying the same thing. They didn’t want protests in the parade; they wanted it kept as it had been previously, a celebration of community,’ Mr George told APN Media.
He said some people told him their children were ‘scared’ by the protests and added as many were opposed to the hospital float as the anti-CSG one.