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Council requires community not for profit parkrun to pay for a permit

A meeting will be held on Monday between Coffs Harbour parkrun and the Coffs Mayor about an issue with permits.

parkrun is free to all who participate. Photo ABC.

The parkrun’s event director, Ed Brazier, says the parkrun has been asked to get a permit to run the event, held at Park Beach Reserve.

He says parkrun is a free for attendees so it shouldn’t have to pay for a permit.

“We’ve got I think about 350 other parkruns in Australia, there’s 350 other councils out there that have shown they can put the event on,” he said.

“They’ve all got similar policies but they’ve shown that those policies don’t apply to an event like this.”

If an agreement can’t be reached the event may have to stop.

Ed Brazier said there are many benefits of parkrun, including to physical and mental health.

“There’s economical benefits as well, parkrun obviously gets people out on a Saturday morning, then generally don’t go straight home afterwards,” he said.

“They might get a coffee, they might go shopping, there’s parkrun tourism, people travel to cities purely because they’ve got a parkrun.”

First published at The ABC Coffs Coast Facebook site Sunday 14 July 2019. See: https://www.facebook.com/abccoffscoast/


About parkrun: parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from walkers or those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; we welcome you all. See: https://www.parkrun.com.au/

Late News: The parkrun Coffs Harbour organiser Edward Blazier informed us at 11.35 a.m on Monday 15 July as follows; ” I’ve just had a call from the Mayor of Coffs Harbour to tell me that she fully supports us and that the fee for the permit will be waived and the admin costs associated will come out of her discretionary fund. Sanity has prevailed and we’re good to go for FREE, for EVERYONE, FOREVER!

Editors note: A story about the Coffs Harbour City Council’s miscommunications with Jan Lindrum, a scheduled speaker against the Gordon Street Cultural-Civic Centre proposal at last Thursday’s Council meeting, will run on Outlook tomorrow.

3 Comments

  1. Prarire Rose

    Does this Council have a death wish? Does it want to be known as the most miserable bunch of grinches ever to inhabit this place?

    Recently there has been the arrogant stupidity over Gordon Street and now there is this. Are they determined to ‘brass everyone off’?

  2. Talking about our Council. I hear that recently the council raised the cost of having a wedding ceremony in the botanic gardens.
    They raised it so high no one is using the gardens anymore.
    Apparently people can use gold clubs and other garden venues at a fraction of the cost.
    Bureaucratic greed and incompetence.

  3. The parkrun Coffs Harbour organiser Edward Blazier informed us at 11.35 a.m on Monday 15 July as follows;
    ” I’ve just had a call from the Mayor of Coffs Harbour to tell me that she fully supports us and that the fee for the permit will be waived and the admin costs associated will come out of her discretionary fund. Sanity has prevailed and we’re good to go for FREE, for EVERYONE, FOREVER! “

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