Council cancels David Wolfe event at Marrickville Town Hall

Inner West Council has cancelled the Raw Cacao Dance Party, at which controversial personality David Wolfe was scheduled to appear.

 Council decided to cancel the event after numerous complaints from residents and local Member of Parliament, Jo Haylen.

“Council should have been forewarned about Mr Wolfe's attendance by the event organisers,” said Administrator of Inner West Council Richard Pearson.

“Over the past few days, we have tried to reassure our residents that vaccinations and immunisation would not be discussed at the event, and we obtained a written statement from the organisers that this would be the case.

“However we continued to receive many more complaints about the presence of David Wolfe in the past 24 hours.

“It is clear that our community feels extremely strongly about Mr Wolfe and his highly unconventional views, particularly around the issue of vaccinations. They have made it clear that they feel hosting Mr Wolfe in a Council-owned venue is a validation and endorsement of his anti-immunisation stance.

“This is an illustration of the strong views of our community about endorsing a message that runs counter to all accepted medical advice.

“As a significant provider of childcare services and an unequivocal supporter of child immunisation and vaccination programs, Inner West Council does not wish to be associated in any way with such views.

“In fact, Council run a monthly immunisation clinic and even employs an Immunisation Officer.

“Inner West Council is a strong advocate for our community, and our residents expect that from us,” Mr Pearson said.

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