Cup day meeting off

By PETER CATON

TWEED Shire Council's administrators are taking a holiday for the Melbourne Cup ? creating a gap of six weeks between council meetings.

By contrast, ordinary workers in the Tweed will be lucky if they can get a rostered halfday off for the event.

The Tweed River Jockey Club has traditionally sought council approval for a half-day public holiday on Melbourne Cup Day to allow workers to attend the biggest race day of the year. This year, discouraged by repetitive knockbacks, it didn't bother.

Tweed River Jockey Club president Bernie Quinn said he had given up asking the coun- cil to support a half-day off for most workers on the day.

"In the past it's just been a waste of my time and my phone calls," he said.

Mr Quinn said despite the lack of a halfday holiday in Murwillumbah he expected big crowds this year.

Despite cancelling their meeting, it appears as though all three administrators will not be attending the race day.

Mrs Turnbull said she had business commitments and could not make the Murwillumbah race day festivities. but added: "I could not imagine anything I would rather do. It sounds terrific."

Mr Willan and Mr Boyd could not be contacted.



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