Isabelle Delmotte, Suffolk Park
We received our [Byron Shire] rates bill this week, a week after NAIDOC week. With it is the newsletter on the Council and community updates.
Mayor Richardson tells us that communities can look forward to seven different festivals and other events and that it is a great opportunity to get out and explore our backyards.
The mayor fails to mention the Boomerang Festival, the new-world Indigenous festival for all Australians, October long weekend (4–6 October).
Is this a simple and unfortunate omission or is the mayor only mentioning the festivals sponsored by the council?
As this festival is the first of its kind it deserves to be highlighted on the community calendar and to be fully supported by Council.
As a ratepayer financially supporting other festivals, I would like our rates to support this unique event and contribute to its long-lasting future.