Kingscliff triathlon organiser Mike Crawley claims protests against the lockout of residents from their own village is ‘politics’ (Echonetdaily, 5 March). No Mike, it’s just a needless pain and an example of flawed governance, no more political than if I trip on a traffic barrier and bruise a toe.
If there are ‘proven, demonstrable and measurable advantages’ (his tautology, not mine) why does neither he nor Tweed Shire Council provide them in detail?
And the reason objecting residents may not have complained to the organisers is that council is the consent authority for such events, not NX Sports.
I’m amazed Mr Crawley didn’t drag out ‘jobs and growth’ to complete his triathlon of un-demonstrable cliches.
Finally, if his company stages so many successful events in the other venues he mentions, why not stage them in Brisbane and the Gold Coast where both the competitor and crowd potential is many times bigger, not to mention his profit ?
Jeremy Cornford, Kingscliff
The name is Jobson Grothe.
You are quite right in that the profit loss to the town of a lockout to normal business cancels out any perceived new profit from the triathlon. The only thing that happens is a spike in excitement and the rama-tat-tazz.