Coffs Cup public holiday up for council discussion

THE impact of the public half day holiday for Coffs Cup Day will be discussed at tomorrow night's council meeting.

Cr Sally Townley has moved a motion that council undertake public consultation, particularly with schools and school bus services, on the impact the holiday has on the community.

In her motion rationale, Cr Townley stated the former arrangement of an optional public holiday was better as it allowed schools to remain open.

"Since the instigation of a gazetted public half day holiday for the Coffs Cup, school children who use a bus service are unable to return from school," Cr Townley said.

"As a result, most schools offer minimal to no school on the day, performing instead a babysitting service for parents who cannot accommodate a day off."

Cr Townley said the previous arrangement should be revisited.

"There is a level of inconvenience and disruption to schools on account of the holiday (and) it is timely to take a detailed assessment weighing up the costs and benefits to the community."

What are your thoughts on the Coffs Cup half day public holiday?

This poll ended on 10 August 2018.

Current Results

The gazetted half day public holiday is a great community concept

47%

Not all businesses acknowledge the gazetted half day holiday

3%

It was better when the half day holiday was optional

8%

There should be no half day holiday for a horse race

39%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.