ORANGE families are priced out of Australia Day activities, according to resident Marg Kennedy.
Mrs Kennedy attended the Australia Day celebrations at Cook Park with her young granddaughter and friends, and said it was sad watching parents saying no to allowing their children on the rides because of the cost.
“The committee did a wonderful job organising the event, however, the cost for people was far too expensive,” she said.
Councillor Scott Munro agreed at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
He said he knew a family of six who were disappointed they could not enjoy the rides, which included a worm tunnel, merry-go-round and a jumping castle which cost $5 per go.
Mrs Kennedy said the community breakfast, at $8 per person, was out of reach for the average family.
“When you line up with three or four children it will cost up to $48,” she said.
Australia Day working committee member Cr Reg Kidd said he appreciated the concern and would take the issue back to the committee.
“We’ll have to look at whether the rides are necessary or whether we can negotiate the price with the people who supply the rides, or whether council might be able to subsidise the cost,” he said.
“I didn’t realise that was the price. I think Australia Day is not about the activities to be frank, and it is a bit pricey compared to other things.”
Cr Kidd said it was not possible to have the vendors come and offer the rides for free.
Mrs Kennedy said other elements of the day were fantastic and priced fairly for families.
“The face painting was 50 cents as well as the Rotary colouring competition, that was great.”
Cost of Australia Day activities:
* Community breakfast: eggs, sausages, damper roll, juice, tea, coffee and apples $8
* Worm tunnel $5, merry-go-round $5, jumping castle $5, face painting 50 cents, colouring competition 50 cents: Cost for a family of four $64