Wedding party mediation urged
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SYDNEY, Feb 20 AAP
February 20 2013, 1:10PM
A court has urged a group of wealthy residents and an eastern Sydney council to continue mediation talks over their dispute about weddings being held in a local park.
Residents of Darling Point, led by media tycoon Kerry Stokes, have taken Woollahra Municipal Council to the Supreme Court in a bid to ban wedding ceremonies at McKell Park.
The park has hosted at least 70 events, mainly weddings, in the past year.
Residents claim the council operates the park like a function centre and say the ceremonies are noisy and clog the streets.
In the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Registrar Christopher Bradford adjourned the matter until March 14 but urged lawyers for the parties to work towards further mediation in the matter.
In response to community concerns the council has restricted the number of events in the park to two per day with a two-hour maximum on weekends, with guest numbers reduced and seating banned.
Woollahra Mayor Andrew Petrie said last week there could be potential consequences for functions in parks across NSW if the case succeeded.