The Launceston City Council has tonight confirmed that it has begun the process of organising a meeting of service groups in Northern Tasmania to determine future arrangements for Carols by Candlelight.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the Riverside Lions Club deserved to be applauded for its past work coordinating the event, but that the council was eager to see it continue.
"We will be hosting a meeting within the next few weeks to gauge interest from other service clubs and to see what support we might be able to offer," Mayor van Zetten said.
"Already I've been contacted by several groups who have expressed an interest in being involved.
"This event has been a tradition in Northern Tasmania for many years and we will be exploring a number of options in an attempt to secure its future.
"We understand the public liability insurance and the associated red tape can be a huge burden on small groups, but unfortunately this is something the Council has little control over."