Rock on: Elvis impersonator Dean Vegas gears up for Cooly Rocks On, which will pick up where Wintersun left off.
Rock on: Elvis impersonator Dean Vegas gears up for Cooly Rocks On, which will pick up where Wintersun left off. Blainey Woodham

$10k put up for Cooly Rocks On

ORGANISERS of the Cooly Rocks On Festival are to get $10,000 from Tweed Shire Council despite senior staff saying it is a Queensland event and therefore should not qualify for a donation from the council.

Tweed Shire councillors at their meeting on Tuesday night decided to overcome that obstacle by providing the money for an event that is part of the festival, but held on the Wharf St foreshore of the Jack Evans Boat Harbour in Tweed Heads.

Organisers told councillors last week they had planned a greater focus on Tweed Heads than in previous Wintersun festivals, with one of the four entertainment stages to be placed on the foreshore of the boat harbour during the June long-weekend event.

Only Greens Party councillor Katie Milne opposed the donation.

Senior staff recommended against any donations to Cooly Rocks On in a report to councillors, which was initially labelled confidential but later released to the public after a story in Saturday’s Tweed Daily News, and a ruling by the council’s general manager that the confidential classification was a mistake.



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