Byron Bay’s planned political demonstration against possibly the meanest and dumbest federal government in Australia’s history has been given the green light for March 16.
But March in March, which will see Byron Bay take part in a nationwide action, saw councillors divided on whether to support it.
As organisers feared, during last Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting Crs Woods, Cubis, and Hunter pushed for slugging the organisers with charges.
The amendment by Crs Woods/Cubis,, which would have imposed fees on the rally, failed.
Cr Cubis said that, while he supports their right to protest, ‘it is inappropriate to pay for the march,’ and to align yourself with the group is ‘a step too far’.
But Cr Cameron’s original motion passed, with conditions for the go-ahead including that traffic control and escort be provided by the police and that public liability insurance be in place for the sum of at least $20 million.
The event will also be notified on Council’s website and in Council’s notices in The Echo at no cost to organisers.