Cabarita plans its own festival



IF things go to plan, Cabarita Beach could be celebrating village life with a festival of its very own some time next year.

The newly-formed Cabarita Beach Business Association (CaBBA) has begun negotiations with a professional group to promote an annual village festival based on the natural attractions of Cabarita Beach.

The association was formed in October with the aims of providing a local forum for business people as well as to be a voice to lobby council and other bodies on matters affecting the village's business environment.

CaBBA also aims to encourage initiatives and promotions to draw tourists back into the village by emphasising the natural beauty of the beach and headland.

Association secretary John Ryan said 90 per cent of the business operators contacted in Cabarita had indicated their support for CaBBA.

Mr Ryan said the timing for the initiative was appropriate, given the current development issues which were affecting the income of some operators.

"Over the past year the village has lost its hotel, its surf club and the Greenback fishing festival," he said.

"We see a festival based on the natural attractions of the beach and headland as a way of attracting back our traditional family visitors."



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