Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry would like to show our solidarity and sadness at the necessary decision of LCCI Community members Tropical Fruits Inc to cancel their annual New Years event for 2020.

With understanding that the health of our community is the highest priority, this will be a massive blow for the LGBTIQ community, friends family and supporters, and the economy of Lismore.

In what is undeniably the most colourful and vibrant jewel in Lismore’s sparkling events calendar, losing this international draw card will be felt deeply by business in Lismore and the wider Northern Rivers “Rainbow” Region.

Although indelible in spirit, as the Covid-19 fallout reaches yet another iconic event, LCCI would like to recognise the enormous contribution the New Years Eve celebrations and Tropical Fruits Inc events throughout the year inject, financially and by raising the profile of Lismore internationally as an embracing community not only to visit but to live.

LCCI would like to see the absence of this years festival generate stronger and more cohesive support amongst the business community when it returns and for its true value to be recognised on a regional scale.

As expressed at last year’s Event Ready Lismore event, LCCI are reminding business operators that you can help and see the benefit and growth in your own business by:

  •  Keeping yourself informed about local events and initiatives
  •  Thinking outside the square on how you can align your business with community events
    e.g essential services for visitors, revamped menus, special offers and incentives
  •  Share on social media and create widow displays and posters
  •  In kind sponsorship or support if cashflow is limited – vouchers, goodies or volunteering

In the meantime there is a sequined lining as expressed in the following release from Tropical Fruits Inc shared at their request:

Tropical Fruits Inc Volunteers with sign We Love our Volunteers


After much consideration, the Committee unanimously feels that the safety of our community must always come first. This decision has not come easily, but we want to keep our Fruity Family and our Club strong for the future. While we recognise the cancellation of the Festival will have a big impact on our wider Northern Rivers community, we are committed to bringing you even more fabulous Festivals and events in the future.

We will be using this time as an opportunity to maintain our Fruity connections, by continuing our monthly online event; don’t miss LIVE FRUITS: a live stream with DJ Sandi Hotrod on July 25th – and as restrictions allow, we look forward to bringing you more smaller events like Fruity Fridays and other gatherings.

Other work we will be undertaking during this time are:

  • Strengthening the Club by working on our policies, performance and risk management, communications, and team building
  • Preparing for our next Strategic Plan
  • Installing a new access lift and other investments in the Clubhouse
  • The amazing work being carried out by our various groups such as our Fun Safe and Inclusive team, the Trans & Gender Diverse Steering Committee, the Lesbian Caucus, Commerce & Transport team as well as our youth groups Fresh Fruits & Mini Fruits.

As always, our deepest gratitude goes out to our members, volunteers, guests, DJs and other performers, Festival suppliers and partners for your understanding.
Much Fruity love from the Committee and Staff here at Tropical Fruits.

For follow-up please contact:

Kam McNeil, Event Coordinator, or

Marie Reilly, Club Manager

Tropical Fruits

Telephone: 02 6622 6440



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