Clowning around without approval

GIANT clowns have flourished around Nowra, popping up overnight with no warning, and no planning permission.

The large inflatable circus clowns form part of the Moscow Circus’ advertising.

The company has used half a dozen local’s lawns for the promotions.

The Tree Haven Tourist Park in Bomaderry has hosted an inflatable clown for the longest period, not surprising given the vanguard of the Moscow Circus was staying there for more than a month.

Manager and caretaker Tim Olsen did not want to discuss the arrangements between Tree Haven and the circus but said that the clown was good advertising.

“It’s good for us and it’s good for them. “It makes people look so there are no minuses for us. It’s no big drama – they’re just clowns,” he said.

Cheryl Bryce said the circus people just knocked on her door, and asked for permission to use her front lawn.

“They popped in on Sunday night and the clown was up by Monday afternoon.

“It’s the biggest one, it’s absolutely huge. The grandkids love it,” she said.

Shoalhaven City Council Development Services manager Robert Russell said the circus is technically required to submit proposals for such large promotions.

“They have taken some liberty. If Moscow Circus wants to apply for permission we’d definitely be happy to look it over,” he said.  

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