OPINION: Wedding closing Quay Street, what next?
IF YOU were to look at the Morning Bulletin website right now, chances are the number one story would still be the one about the upcoming Quay St closure for a private wedding.
This story has managed to stir some serious community outrage and it raises a lot of questions I'd be interested to have answered.
This was a private function, much like last weekend's successful Food and Wine Festival which also saw Quay St closed.
People have no problem with closing the street for a large community event that draws in thousands of people to take advantage of the $40 million riverside redevelopment.
But when you're shutting down the street on September 30, at the height of NRL finals fever, for the benefit of two (straight) people celebrating their nuptials with only 150 people in attendance, you have to wonder whether this is really for the public good.
What about businesses like the Cri who are losing business because of the street shutdown? Are they going to be adequately compensated?
Personally, I have no problem with these people paying through the nose for their booking if it meant this money was poured into other needy council projects around the city such as flood proofing works, levee building or improving parks.
But it does set a precedent. If it's good enough to one, it's good enough for all.
Just because someone owns a building on Quay St, doesn't mean others couldn't do the same thing. If I ponied up the cash, could I block Quay St for a spot of street cricket? Where do we draw the line?