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Carols may turn into silent night

TWEED Shire Council has been accused of trying to "kill Christmas" amid fears the Salt Christmas Carols, to be held on December 13, may be canned.

Organiser Jayne Henry said the council had given her "ridiculous" conditions, which she'd never had before in the carols' 10-year history.

The "outrageous" conditions include providing 27 portable toilets. Ms Henry said only three were required at the Kingscliff Triathlon, which hosted thousands of people.

A nesting pair of rare bush stone curlews was also on the council's list of concerns.

"These birds aren't nesting in Central Park and this is the only space I have requested use of," Ms Henry said.

"The cost of all these requirements is huge, and my small business will not be able to pay for all of this."

Ms Henry said cancelling the carols was not a desirable option.

"I'll be the Grinch that stole Christmas," she said.

Tweed Shire Council general manager Troy Green said the bush stone-curlew chicks had hatched and were roaming about the precinct, including the proposed carols site.

"(They) are still highly vulnerable and will remain at the location until they are old enough to fly, which is not expected to happen before the date of the carols," Mr Green said.

"Council staff will work with the carols organisers to identify the location of any bush stone curlew chicks immediately before the carols are held and it will then be up to the event organisers to ensure every appropriate measure is taken to protect the chicks."

Mr Green said the required number of toilets and hand basins was based on NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet recommendations.

It's understood the DA for the carols was not submitted until November 13.



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