Save King Carnival rally falls on deaf ears at council meeting

Rally organiser Terry Johnson. PIC: Facebook

The organiser of a rally to save Mandurah's iconic King Carnival says it fell on deaf ears.

Over 350 supporters, many holding placards, joined the march along the foreshore on Tuesday afternoon, chanting 'save the king' before converging at the City of Mandurah building ahead of the council meeting.

The group are calling on the Council to extend the carnival's lease, which is set to end in May.

It is understood the Council have selected their preferred proponent for the site, reported to be a brewery, but nothing has confirmed with negotiations still underway.

Rally organiser Terry Johnson was one of several supporters who attended the council meeting and said it was not a positive experience.

"One of the questions was 'what do we have to do as the public to try and save King's Carnival' and I got no response from anybody there," he said.

"There was just crickets, the Mayor didn't say a word back to me.

"The actual council itself, they just seem not interested, there's 300 people banging on their door and they were not interested.

"It's a done deal by the sound of it.

"As much as they don't want to say it's a done deal, they weren't willing to listen."

Mr Johnson said the rally itself was a great turnout.

"Everyone was really passionate, we had a lot of support," he said.

The City of Mandurah has been contacted for comment.

 

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