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Mullum’s IGA changes hands
The controversial move to replace Mullumbimby Hospital’s overnight doctor with a video-conferencing system came under fire in federal parliament last week, with Richmond MP Justine Elliot calling on the state government to scrap the ‘cruel’ plan. She told fellow federal MPs the local community had some serious concerns about the proposal, which is set to be trialled for six months from October. In June, state opposition leader John Robertson asked why the overnight doctor was being replaced against the wishes of the local community and hospital nurses. Ms Elliot said, ‘[State MP] Don Page is either unwilling or unable to stand up and fight for the residents of the north coast. He needs to start doing his job and guarantee families on the north coast that this video link will not go ahead at Mullumbimby Hospital.’
Playing politics Hans Lovejoy
Mullum’s IGA supermarket changed hands last week and new owner Dino Rosa wasted no time in getting involved with the community. He told The Echo, ‘Currently I am buying from a local butcher and also negotiating with other retailers and wholesalers in the community to see what partnerships can be forged.’ He says that with the increased buying power a Supa IGA brings, he can make prices more competitive and increase the number of product lines. ‘I would love more floor space,’ he says, ‘but as it is I think we can refine and increase stock by a couple of thousand. ‘One of the first improvements made will be $30k investment in ovens and
hot display cases in the deli and a more regular fruit and veg supply. We have had great feedback already with our increased range of fruit and veg with lower prices.’ Donating to community and sporting groups is also a priority, he says, as ‘it is vital to give back to the community that supports you.’ Most importantly, he says he is retaining all the 30 staff. ‘The strength of this business is its staff. Current employee Daniel Tiffin has been promoted to store manager, and he will oversee the day-to-day operation.’ With Coles and Woolies holding a duopoly on Australia’s food market, IGA, along with other smaller operators, can find competing tough. And despite no current legislation
regulating their predatory pricing, such as promoting loss-leading items such as $2 milk, Mr Rosa is confident that Mullum’s IGA will continue to be an integral part of the town. ‘It’s a combination of both buying power and integration with the local economy that will enable a sustainable and prosperous future for any community.’ Another aim also is to encourage more street traffic on Burringbar Street. He says it was a focus for his stores in Brisbane and it helped to generate more for the local economy. ‘I am genuinely excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, as we start to implement an improved range, lower prices everyday and a very strong promotional program that will see even stronger specials.’
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Hospital’s teleconference plan tabled at federal level Luis Feliu & Hans Lovejoy
New IGA store owner Dino Rosa with newly promoted store manager Daniel Tiffin. Photo Eve Jeffery
But Don Page has hit back, calling out both Ms Elliot and NSW state Labor member Walt Secord for playing politics over the matter. He told The Echo, ‘I am aware of concern within the community about the proposed trial. Unlike Justine Elliot and Walt Secord, I actually attended the Mullumbimby public meeting on August 2 to hear in person those concerns.’ ‘The CEO of the Northern NSW Local Health District indicated at the meeting he would be talking with clinicians and nurses prior to the commencement of any trial of the telehealth system between 11pm and 7am at the hospital. There have been ongoing difficulties recruiting permanent doctors to support the medical officer roster at Mullumbimby emergency department I am advised that recruitment efforts are continuing.’
Mr Page previously told The Echo he doesn’t support the proposed telehealth trial ‘at this stage.’ Frank Lynch from Save Mullumbimby Hospital Steering Committee told The Echo that since the public meeting on August 2, he was was contacted by Hazel Bridgett, chair of the local health board. ‘Given the level of anxiety on the matter, I asked if the board could quickly resolve the problem. Ms Bridgett said that the board was awaiting a report before discussing the matter. ‘The next official board meeting is on August 29. So there has still not been any move to resolve this at board level. Let’s hope that it is resolved on August 29. There is the old saying, “Justice delayed is justice denied”, which has a parallel in health care. ‘This week Dr John Kaye [Greens] MLC will be moving a motion in the NSW legislative council seeking to have the proposal dropped. ‘Mr Page has not spoken to me about whether he has raised this matter with the minister for health, Ms Skinner, as he promised the community he would. ‘His secretary has said only that Mr Chris Crawford [who is proposing the video-conferencing] has been discussing the matter with the nurses. ‘Ms Bridgett also follows the line that “a trial will not proceed without the consent of the nurses”.’
Caldicott’s radiation talk One of the planet’s leading authorities on the effects of radiation poisoning, Dr Helen Caldicott, will speak at the Byron Bay Services Club on Monday August 27 from 6.30pm. It’s a first in a series entitled ‘The Media Is Silent’, and Dr Caldicott will address the little-publicised claim that Fukushima’s number four reactor is slowly sinking into the ocean. Tickets can be pre-booked at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In the not-too-distant future, the rescued cats and dogs of the shire will have a safe haven to rest and recover before finding their new humans. Margaret Brown and the volunteer team at Companion Animals Welfare Incorporated (CAWI) have been working tirelessly for many year to bring to fruition the dream of an animal shelter in the Byron Shire to care for and rehome abandoned, unwanted, or abused animals. CAWI has raised sufficient funds to build the facility through its op-shop in Brunwick Heads and recently Byron Shire Council granted CAWI approximately 2.5 acres of land at Tyagarah, south of
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the service station and near the aerodrome. ‘I am over the moon about this’, says Margaret, who is the founder and president of CAWI. ‘I can’t believe we
have at last got the land; I am so happy. This is the reason I started CAWI eight years ago, to build a shelter in Byron Shire for unwanted animals.’ It is estimated that running
and maintaining the shelter will cost around $100,000 a year so CAWI must continue to operate the op-shop and attract larger donations and funds via gifts and bequests. Margaret says it has been a group effort and everyone must be thanked. ‘All of the volunteers have put in a tremendous effort – as a results we plan to build kennel facilities for at least 20 dogs and 12 cats. Building plans would include animal containment pens, off-lead exercise area, administration space, a meeting room to be used for training animal and wildlife groups, caretaker’s residence and a car park for public use’. For more information visit the CAWI website: www.cawi. org.au.
Suspected drug-ring raids net two health.gov.au, ‘ecstasy usually produces a euphoric rush, usually within 20 minutes of swallowing it, which can last up to eight hours… Users may feel more alert, energetic and affectionate. Ecstasy also suppresses appetite.’ The website also says problems associated with the drug include reduced levels of seroEffects of ecstasy tonin in the brain. Serotonin regulates intestiMethylamphetamine is most commonly known as the drug nal movements but also has some cognitive functions, inecstasy. According to www.drugs. cluding memory and learning. An alleged drug-ring has been busted, according to police, as two local men faced Lismore Local Court on Saturday. Richmond Local Area Command’s drug unit formed Operation Eldorado in March this year to investigate the supply of methylamphetamine in the Ballina area.
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Federal community wins its church back For the past nine months, the Federal community has been busily trying to raise the $220,000 necessary to buy the former Anglican church. There have been art auctions, garage sales, book fairs and cooking demonstrations, and as the deadline approached, another event, Federal Jamm, was planned to raise remaining funds. The great news is that the community has just reached $220,000 but Federal Jamm will go on regardless at the Federal Hall on Saturday August 25. It will be a musical celebration of the community’s achievements, and the stellar line-up includes the Romaniacs, Rebecca Ireland, Bossy Big Heart and Kat Cooper. Ben Sullivan’s laser lightPainting in the last few dollars: residents of Federal gathered around young Jaygen on the show will also be on display. weekend as he put brush to board showing that the target has been achieved. They are so Food will be available from chuffed to have raised the $220,000 to buy the town’s Anglican church that they are holding one 6.30pm and the event is BYO. last shindig, The Federal Jamm, this Saturday to celebrate. Photo Eve Jeffery
Noel hangs up the SES hat Story & photo Eve Jeffery
It seems that working for the SES (State Emergency Service) is something that is hard to leave behind. Local controller Noel McAviney sought counsel from his wife and children before making the final decision to stand down after 25 years as a member and about 11 as the man at the top of the tree. Last Sunday a group of friends, family and fellow SES volunteers gathered to say thanks for the years of community service. Special operations manager Scott Hanckel travelled from Woollongong to help celebrate with Noel who just wanted a low-key send-off without pomp and fanfare. ‘He has been a great advisor’, said Mr Hanckel. ‘Good teams need good leaders and Noel is one of the best.’ Mayor Jan Barham said she had really enjoyed her interaction with Noel over the years, saying he was invaluable to the safety of the community. ‘I have nothing but absolute
New South Wales SES Special operations manager Scott Hanckel, Gwenyth McAviney, Noel and Mayor Jan Barham outside the shed that now houses the local SES headquarters
respect for Noel and all of the SES’, she said. ‘It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to express my gratitude on behalf of the community.’ Noel, who was the driving force behind the SES acquiring their new shed about three years ago, posed a question to the gathering: ‘Any idea with what I can do with the rest of my life?’ But of course he has
plenty to do, which will involve fishing and spending more time with his family and not keeping an ear open for phone calls in the middle of the night. Noel says he will still be on hand in extraordinary circumstances to give advice but he feels the time is right to let new blood come through. ‘Somewhere along the time you have to say “This is it”.’
Tip nearly full Byron Shire’s current landfill site at Myocum will be full by the middle of next year, according to council. More land at the Myocum Quarry has been identified, but is subject to government environmental provisions. And with council claiming that would not be operational until 2014 at the earliest, arrangements for the diversion and transportation of waste to other regional waste facilities will be needed. Council’s water and recycling executive manager Phil Warner said he was confident that residents would not notice a difference in the waste service when the diversion and transfer arrangements are in place. ‘Waste trucks would still collect household rubbish and the Myocum Landfill would be opened for waste and recycling drop-offs,’ he said. A community drop-in session on the proposed new landfill site is being held at Byron Shire Council offices in Station St, Mullumbimby on Tuesday September 4, from 4pm to 8pm.
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Mayoral hopefuls Q&A: part II come. At the same time, case after case has been fought and lost by council. These cases are rarely about saving wilderness, but are often about minor details in developments. Even when there is a win, councilâ€™s legal costs are not always re-couped. Council needs to take a less punitive or adversarial approach. Council should take a more flexible and innovative approach that aims to find win-win solutions that benefit the community.â€™
Due to space constraints this week, there is only room for one question and answer. To view the aspiring mayorsâ€™ full responses to all questions asked this week, visit www.echo. net.au/opinion-piece/mayoralhopefuls-qa. There you can find answers to questions about the general managerâ€™s role, affordable housing, Byronâ€™s bypass options, the lack of sporting facilities in the Shireâ€™s north and Cr Diane Woods their position on the Ocean â€˜I will create a culture of Shores Roundhouse. â€œcan doâ€?. I will not allow the dilly-dallying of the past eight Public feedback has years to continue. We must often centred on a lack of not become known as the infrastructure and councilâ€™s pothole capital of NSW. I will over-blown legal costs. How quarantine funds to put the incan they be addressed? frastructure in place. Council must get back to the basics of Sol Ibrahim roads, rates and rubbish. I will â€˜Whenever I speak with not allow peopleâ€™s hard-earned locals about what they think rates to be squandered through councilâ€™s first priority should protracted legal battles. I will be, the answer is a resounding have an open-door policy so â€œfix the roads and amenitiesâ€?! decisions can be made through When I ask locals where they sensible negotiation.â€™ think the money should come from to do this, again the an- Morgan swer is most often â€œstop wastâ€˜The squandering of council ing so much money in courtâ€?! funds on bogus legal reports/ â€˜These have been my main advice, while the roads have concerns for the past decade. potholes that put the lives of â€˜I have watched our towns citizens at risk, was a primary become drab and shabby, par- factor in my decision to register ticularly in Byron Bay, where as a candidate for the office of the vast majority of our visitors mayor. While, if elected mayor,
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â€˜Legal costs have come down substantially in the last two years and I have played a role in this. Increasing funds for infrastructure requires getting better value from existing budgets, finding new revenue streams and getting better support from state and federal governments. â€˜As chair of the finance and roads and asset management committees, I have identified where we can do better. As mayor I will use this information to help council improve the delivery of core services.â€™ Cr Simon Richardson
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An entire kaleidoscope of colourful photos greeted the judges of this year’s Simple Pleasures Photography Competition in Brunswick Heads last week. The judges of the annual competition, which is in its seventh year, were Roz Goodchild, curator/owner of Mina Mina Art Gallery, advertising and editorial photographer David Young, film director and photographer Billy Wrencher, and Echo and Echonetdaily photojournalist Eve Jeffery. All of the judging panel agreed that the standard of photos was well up on recent years, and this year’s theme ‘The old, the new, the green, the blue’ provided great opportunities for local snappers. Forty-seven entries were re-
ceived in this year’s new Brunswick Heads Public School Children’s category. Other divisions were the children 12 years and under, youth 13–18 and the adult open section. In total there were 204 entires including those from the Brunswick Heads school. It came down to the wire in the end, but the judges chose entries by Stephen Booth, Jack Cardak, Warwick Hatton, Aytan Lackish, Jere Pressnell, Noni Wright, Jose-Antonio Lopez Vieira, Cameron Jones, Paul Begg, Stella MacarthyHuxley, Sarah Buchanan and EJ Harvey as finalists. Category winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday September 9 at the Brunswick Heads Bowling Club, together with Mayor’s Choice and People’s Choice.
A popular cafe-gallery and music venue at Fingal Head is facing closure over disputed compliance issues with Tweed Shire Council. Tweed councillors will decide the fate of the Sheoak Shack this week, which, if closed down, will leave scores of local artists and musicians with reduced income. For more than 10 years it has operated without a hitch, but now council staff have taken
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orget last weekâ€™s hysteria about breakthroughs and putting people before politics â€“ reopening detention Volume 27 #11 August 21, 2012 centres on Nauru and Manus Island will not stop the boats, and nobody really believes that it will. So far, the mayoral campaign â€˜brevityâ€™ award goes to Hemp Party The asylum seekers donâ€™t; member and independent Jack Sugarman, even if some of his policy they say they will continue to statements are completely at odds with most constituents. risk the trip because even inYou have to admire the uncompromising underdogs. definite detention under AusBut all six contenders have contributed spirited and worthy tralian protection has to be debate to what is surely the hardest gig in town. No-one has better than the camps of Majumped ahead of the pack, to The Echoâ€™s knowledge. Thankfully laysia or Indonesia, and there thereâ€™s still more time. is at least a chance of eventually Any message communicated through writing is best served making it to the mainland. stripped of rhetoric, pandering and pap. It wins debates hands down Julia Gillardâ€™s government every time. Trimmed and lean language is vital to democracy and doesnâ€™t; all their advice, on many politicians lack this ability. Bridging the gap between what is which they have relied in the often bland bureaucracy and how it affects us is a study in itself. past, is that Nauru was a trick In addition, negativity towards opponents is a predictable and that might have worked once, pointless exercise that only serves the lowest common denominator. but wonâ€™t work a second time Unfortunately it works in most cases with an uninformed public, â€“ the smugglers and their cusbut thankfully that has not been a feature of debate so far. tomers have woken up to it. With only weeks to go to the election, The Echo will look closer at Tony Abbott and Scott Morthe dynamic between councillors and councilâ€™s staff, its operating rison donâ€™t; they say Nauru is budget and what is possible within our constitutional rights. just one part of the solution, Another renegade mayoral candidate, Morgan, assumes the others being temporary reasonable knowledge of constitutional law; however, it can only protection visas and, most crube described as â€˜untestedâ€™ at a local level. Still, the theatre of politics cially, turning back the boats is usually limited to tit-for-tat, so any deeper understanding of and without the other two poliour constitution is a welcome relief, especially in light of local cies in place failure is assured. government (council) not being recognised constitutionally. And Angus Houston and his This Shire sets precedents for many other councils across the fellow panellists donâ€™t; Nauru continent, and that means leadership and vision, which also means and Manus Island is only inbeing informed and transparent. But the tendering process â€“ for tended as a stop gap, a shortexample â€“ is unacceptable in The Echoâ€™s view, in regards to both term circuit breaker while the long-suffering Byron markets policy and more recently the surf the real answer is a regional schools. Clarity is yet to be provided by Council on this and on its arrangement for which an public/media gag orders, which go against NSW state guidelines. improved version of the MaEven local government MP Don Pageâ€™s media advisor is on laysian solution would form a record as saying (in a convoluted way): â€˜Nothing under the Local good starting point. In practice Government Act or Regulation would prevent a council from all we have done is committed putting in place restrictions of the type contained in the Byron to spending vast amounts of [tender] policy.â€™ money in what may well be a Those seeking further information on any candidate or mayoral vain attempt to make Nauru hopeful can visit The Echoâ€™s online profiles at www.echonetdaily. and Manus Island simultanenet.au. Click on the â€˜Elections 2012â€™ tab and then â€˜Byron Shire special ously habitable and repulsive, coverageâ€™. Itâ€™s the most comprehensive election coverage of the but we are still just as far from region ever attempted â€“ Ballina, Byron, Lismore and Tweed are all included. But if mayoral hopeful Jack Sugarman gets his way, it will all solving the problem as we were a fortnight ago. be â€˜carved upâ€™. And even in political terms This weekâ€™s online mayoral hopeful Q&A can be found at www. nothing much has changed. echo.net.au/opinion-piece/mayoral-hopefuls-qa. Itâ€™s entirely in their own words and is unedited for length. It provides the public with a Our breathless media have, great way of determining substance over waffle. of course, portrayed it as a giHans Lovejoy, editor ant backdown for Julia Gillard
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and a spectacular triumph for Tony Abbott: but just hang on a minute. The fact is that Gillard put Nauru on the table last December, a subject to which we shall return. But Abbott refused to touch her compromise deal because it did not include TPVs and turning back the boats, and it did include the Malaysian solution. Now he has flip-flopped; he has embraced Nauru, although
All we have done is commit to spending vast amounts of money to make Nauru and Manus Island simultaneously habitable and repulsive. by Mungo MacCallum his other measures have been firmly rejected by both the Houston committee and the government. And Malaysia, as we have seen, is still very much part of the ongoing policy. Abbott, of course, can be expected to continue to reject any attempt to include Malaysia, although the panel has made it very clear that without it, the whole thing will fall apart; simply cherry-picking the bit Abbott likes (Nauru) will solve absolutely nothing. Which is, presumably, Abbottâ€™s aim: when the boats keep coming, as they will, he will announce that the government has failed yet again and that he, and only he, has the magic formula. And he will be vastly encouraged by his allies in the media, especially (of course) in The Australian. While some of its commentators expressed reservations and even doubts about the efficacy of his slogans to actually achieve results in the real world, none had the slightest hesitation in acclaiming his complete vindication as
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part of the governmentâ€™s deal ever since. And of course in June this year Abbott treated Rob Oakeshottâ€™s attempt at a compromise bill in parliament with the same contempt. There could be no compromise: it was his way or no way. But in the fantasy world of Shanahan and Kelly, he is utterly without blame or fault: it was and is Gillard who must take the sole responsibility for those 338 deaths. Downright dishonest and frankly grubby journalism. But hey, it was an exclusive. So, where to now? Presumably Gillard and Bowen will go back to Malaysia and Indonesia to pursue the ideas of the Houston panel and attempt to open talks about regional processing. It will not be easy because both countries are already miffed at having been demonised in Australia as serial mistreaters of asylum seekers, confining them to hellholes and beating them with bullsâ€™ pizzles. This is certainly the impression Abbott has fostered to justify his rejection of the Malaysian solution. And in any case there appears to be little point in making the effort since even if an agreement could be reached, Abbott would certainly knock back any legislation needed to implement it. And the Greens remain unwaveringly opposed to offshore processing in any form. Back to point A. At least if the polls are correct, Gillardâ€™s ordeal has only another year or so to run, and then Abbott will inherit it. Iâ€™ll bet any money he canâ€™t fix it either. But of course it will still all be Laborâ€™s fault. Just ask The Australian.
tion minister Chris Bowen had put a proposal to cabinet that Labor should offer to reopen Nauru and lift the humanitarian refugee intake to 20,000 a year if Abbott would pass its offshore processing bill, which would also have allowed the Malaysian solution. Cabinet, however, rejected the scheme. And since then 123 boats carrying 9,777 asylum seekers have arrived in Australian waters, and an estimated 338 have drowned. The implication, of course, is that it is all Gillardâ€™s fault; if she had agreed to Bowenâ€™s proposal, Abbott would of course have immediately acquiesced and all the tragedies could have been averted. What Shanahan and Kelly do not bother to report is that after another ship foundered a few weeks later, on December 22 cabinet reversed its decision and Bowen was told to put his proposal to Abbott; and Abbott Q See Mungo live at knocked it back flat. No ifs, no buts, no further negotiations, although Nauru has remained www.echonetdaily.net.au
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a political tactician, and they were unanimous in blaming Gillard for everything. The most unpleasant and absurd instance of this rewriting of history came in the Tuesday Australian under the headline: â€˜The 338 who died as cabinet waveredâ€™. In what was billed as the â€˜inside storyâ€™ Dennis Shanahan (who else?) and Joe Kelly revealed that on October 13 last year the immigra-
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Council powers and CSG mining The Echoâ€™s article (Council CSG stand â€˜legalâ€™, August 14) needs some expansion and clarification. Not least because all mayoral candidates in the September poll say they are against CSG mining in Byron Shire. CSG companies use council roads for seismic testing. The purpose of seismic testing is to extrapolate from the data acquired the likelihood of significant coal-seam deposits on land adjoining the road. To stop seismic testing is to strike at the thin edge of the wedge. To stop seismic testing is to delay the threat to all landholders in the shire. Under the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 (NSW) and
Congrats in order Congratulations are in order for the hard work of the Brunswick Foreshore Protection Group over many years in their tireless fight to preserve public access to the Bruns River. Michele Grant and her allies have succeeded in keeping open very important stretches of river frontage so we can all enjoy them. A reminder that
relevant case law on improvements, a council public road is an improvement. The act is unambiguous. CSG companies can only explore for or produce gas on council land which is an improvement with Councilâ€™s written consent. Further, if council consents to use of the improvement, the CSG company must enter into an access agreement with the council landholder. Contrary to what was stated in the Echo article, and as the advice of law firm MaryLou Potts Pty Ltd makes clear, for exploration and production grants under the Petroleum (Onshore) Act, the CSG company must comply with these requirements whether or not the grant is a
State Significant Development. Unlike so much of planning law, the company cannot run to the minister for approval to avoid local obligations. Disputes over access to improvements are ultimately determined by the Land and Environment Court, which has the last say on this matter. Negotiating an access agreement is just the beginning of the grief a landholder can give to a CSG company. For ideas on how to fight access, download â€˜100 Legal Ideas for NSW Landholders When the CSG Company Comes Knockingâ€™, behind the â€˜Coal Seam Gasâ€™ link at grahambassett dot com. No â€˜auâ€™, but it still hyperlinks if you enter the country code out of habit.
The anti-CSG movement is very successful in NSW. CSG companies have only 40 agreements by consent to access land in this state, if that many. As yet, they have not used the Land and Environment Court to force access agreements. In this state, they have not been able to work under the radar and destroy agricultural land and the health of regional communities as at Chinchilla and other places in Queensland. Our new councillors should use their powers as landholders to make sure it stays that way in the Byron Shire.
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let in Byron Bay? Firstly allow me to pose the question â€“ what is the diference between allowing a few rich local families to have a monopoly in supplying liquor here compared with an Australian company who at least allows shareholders to â€˜shareâ€™ in their profits? But to the point â€“ the Byron Bay Liqour Accord is a joke. It is a voluntary organisation run by
self-interested liquor suppliers here whose sense of â€˜responsible service of alcoholâ€™ apparently needs no input by our police and results in drunkenness in our streets by their way-toomany nightclubs that run to the early hours of the next morning. It is transparent to any idiot that their objections to Dan Murphyâ€™s coming here â€“ and subsequently allowing locals to buy their supplies at greatly reduced prices â€“ is based on nothing but their selfish concerns at a challenge to their profits from selling alcohol. If they are really concerned at the abuse of alcohol here they need only shut up shop and go into something they find more morally acceptable. Crying wolf that they are outraged that yet another liquor outlet will open here (apart from their own of course!) should fool no-one. Perhaps they should make sure they actually follow the responsible service of alcohol and realise it is not the retail outlets (who close way before nightclubs open) that
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Dan Murphyâ€™s honesty Can we please have some honesty about the application by Dan Murphyâ€™s to open an out-
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WIN WITH Woods Cubis Hunter Hammond Win with Woods POLICY PLATFORM Economic Prosperity
Social and basic services
y Encourage local business less national chains
y Mutual respect of everyone’s values and culture
y Keep jobs local and introduce local business advantage in Council tender process
y Put the safety and well being of the community ﬁrst in all decisions
y Byron Shire under Diane Woods will be committed to good governance.
y Partner with, not dictate to, the farming community
y Build a comprehensive bicycle network shire wide
y Grow the ecotourism appeal shire wide
y Construct and connect the pedestrian footpaths and provide “all abilities access” throughout the shire.
Environmental Sustainability y Protect the beaches and hinterland y Maintain healthy waterways y Recycling bins in public parks y Annual kerbside cleanup
y Quarantine the budget required for road rehabilitation and resealing y Have a complete review of cleaning and maintenance of public amenities.
y Create a cigarette butt free shire
y Continue with the rollout of CCTVs
y Encourage a substantially reduced carbon footprint
y Safety through enhanced street lighting through residential areas
y Councillors and staff will abide by a code of conduct through ethical behaviour and an obligation to give the Byron Shire community conﬁdence that there are processes and controls in place to deliver quality service, to manage the resources and safeguard community assets. y Cut the red tape y “Be a council that works with, rather than against”
y Encourage participation in sporting activities y Grow the arts and music culture
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are the problem here. It is the nightclubs they own that pander to the drunken backpacker mentality that fills our streets in the wee hours with people so drunk they are incapable of behaving sensibly. I would be happy to have Dan Murphy’s here so I can buy affordable home supplies. I am not happy with the Byron Liquor Accord who think they can ignore even the advice of our police. Chris Anderson
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our diverse community needs in different ways? Explore how we can create a resilient local economy through cultivating a ‘polyculture’ of exchange. It is on Tuesday September 4 at the Presbyterian church hall (the back room) from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Gold coin donation to cover rent. Bring a plate of finger food to share. Everyone is welcome! Sapoty Brook
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One suspects that when the history of Byron Shire is published, Fast Buck$ will go straight to the index to find where he might read about himself. Gil Crespy
I’m intelligent, too – studying for an honours degree, run my own business, parent solo, Oh!, and I’m fit, slim and modelled in my youth. I’m blonde, too. I note with mirth that you omitted to use that stereotype, given the shade of your own locks. Ruminating on the ole ‘dress size matters’ chestnut is boring, schoolyard cliché. And by the way, I can think of better role models than Mae West for our teenage girls. If constantly referring to sex is your best line, I’m afraid vapid Hollywood Alisters come to mind. Different packaging, love, same product. Think harder, girl, there’s just as many +size airheads damaging the credibility of feminism out there, too.
Thanks (?) for adding to the stereotype, Mandy (Soapbox 14/8/2012). If your rant is to be given the time to read, perhaps deferring from the idea that all slim, attractive women are anorexic airheads who subscribe to the vapid ideals of some plastic Hollywood Alisters might be of note to you as an intelligent columnist.
Recently we took some friends up to the lighthouse to savour the spirit of Byron. While digesting the concept of a $7 parking fee, we were told that we couldn’t bring our peacefully sleeping dog into a national park. We said that he would stay in the car (windows open far enough for adequate ven-
tilation) and would be of no possible danger to tourists or any wildlife which happened to venture onto the parking lot pavement. Nope. The law is the law: no dogs allowed in national parks in NSW. So under the O’Farrell government it is okay for 12-year-olds to shoot anything that moves in national parks but sleeping dogs must not lie in the parking lots. Norm Sanders
The middle bit of Lester Brien’s letter about Bob Brown in last week’s paper seems to be missing but the message was clear and quite extraordinary in its attack on Bob – and the Greens. To conclude that Bob has only been involved in ‘irrelevant’ issues and has avoided ‘genuine hardknuckle policy challenges’ is such nonsense that it doesn’t warrant a reply but I found Lester’s attack too offensive to just let it go. A real shame to see prejudice aired in this way with no attempt at objectivity. Jenny Coman
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Election fever: 18 sleeps and plenty In Byron Shire there will be two local government elections on September 8: one for eight councillors and a separate election for a ninth councillor, called mayor. Spreading our vote over eight positions allows for roughly proportional representation â€“ candidates need about one-eighth of the vote to get elected. Itâ€™s quite democratic. For mayor itâ€™s a presidentialstyle â€˜winner takes allâ€™ election. The mayoral result affects the councillor one. If the elected mayor is also standing on a councillor ticket, they are removed from it and votes for them pass down to their number two candidate. Four of the mayoral candidates are also top candidate on a councillor ticket for September 8. Hence, for example, if we elect Woods for mayor, weâ€™ll likely see Cubis on council and possibly Hunter. If we elect Cameron, weâ€™ll get Hart and maybe Arrowsmith. I hope we elect Richardson for mayor. This will likely put Rose Wanchap on council and maybe me as well (number 3 on the Greens ticket). Vote Green in both elections, please. Duncan Dey Greens candidate
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politics that are detrimental to the community they ostensibly serve. Byron Shire needs mature and level-headed leadership, someone who can repair the poor relations between councillors and staff through mutual respect and trust. We need a mayor who is 100 per cent prepared to put this councilâ€™s core services back on track, restore confidence in community engagement processes, ensure transparency, integrity and efficiency in council planning and tendering procedures, and build strong stakeholder partnerships to deliver priority policies. All this needs to be achieved without the distraction of the notoriously factionalised politics of the NSW Greens. Can Simon Richardson put his hand on his heart and promise this? Maggie Brown South Golden Beach
communities. Our sustainable future depends on strengthening the community with services, a strong local economy and solid representation. A critical area of council policy where great care is needed to ensure that community strength is not diminished is in land use planning. For example, to support local food production, we must ensure that sufficient land is zoned for agricultural production, especially for smaller-scale producers and those on smaller lots, as they supply much of the fresh food available at local farmers markets. The Draft Local Environment Plan (DLEP) proposes a major update on land-use planning for the Shire. It includes significant measures to protect biodiversity. One that I initiated provides for greater protection of watercourses and riparian zones. It also includes elements of the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy. Under the plan significant areas of rural land that are currently zoned for agricultural production will be rezoned for environmental protection as E2 or E3 zones. No agricultural production can occur in E2 and it is limited in E3. I have advocated for better mapping to reassess proposed E zones, greater use of E3 and allowing a greater range of small-scale agricultural uses in E3, and will continue to do so. Taken together these measures would substantially implement the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, but in a way that helps to ensure our sustainable future. Cr Basil Cameron Our Sustainable Future
ture because of it being â€˜registeredâ€™. The reality is that â€˜microâ€™ parties, such as OSF, are little more than locally based community groups registered (unlike the big boys) under the Local Government Act. They exist for the sole purpose of furthering the interests of the local community in a particular local-government area. They have no head office or separate agendas back in Sydney or Canberra. Our Sustainable Future does have a carefully crafted policy platform and set of values that our members, candidates and councillors are required to uphold â€“ see www.osf.org.au. Nice try, Tom. Hugh Ermacora Byron Bay QOn September 8 two options are
open to electors of Byron Shire.Â One is to give either of the two extremes â€“ inappropriate development or the status quo â€“ a strong Q Bed taxes and parking fees majority; in which case a signifialone will not meet the needs of cant minority of our fellow citizens a council hamstrung by shortfalls (and councillors) is likely to have on government funding for inanother four dissatisfied and disfrastructure. Residents and local affected years. The other, preferbusinesses alike are being comproable, option is to acknowledge that mised in their daily activities, even council must determine future dithough they dutifully, in most rections and make decisions in the cases, pay their rates and levies to interest of the whole constituency, council. The shortfall of affordable not merely to push the views of residential accomodation needs to one or other special interest group be addressed.Â often at the expense of others. We do need tourism for our I am standing with the Our shire to thrive, but we need to Sustainable Future group, and make sure that it benefits the comsupport Basil Cameron for mayor munity. I am sure that many rural of Byron, because its principles as and semi-rural landholders would well as its objectives offer an obviappreciate the chance to house ous solution to the division, facmore people or provide tourist action-fighting and service-delivery commodation and help them stay failures of the last council. on the farm. Tony Hart Paul Arrowsmith Q Tom Tabart (Letters, August 14) Our Sustainable Future Our Sustainable Future tries to discount the external influQ A sustainable future is unques- ence of the major political parties Q The Greensâ€™ principles of grasstionably underpinned by a healthy (yes, including The Greens) on roots democracy, social and ecoenvironment. Protecting our eco- local-government affairs and then, nomic justice, peace and non-viosystems is best achieved by strong tries to smear Our Sustainable Fu- lence and ecological sustainability underpin the decisions our councillors have made to preserve our shire. However, there are ongoing pressures for unwelcome change that will require constant vigilance to manage. The Greensâ€™ commitment to maintaining the social and physical environment will guarantee a council that is thoughtful about the sorts of development that take place, enabling our community saturday august 25 to flourish while preserving the get down to the Rec Ground for a full day of unique qualities of our natural enjunior and senior football including the vironment. I am a Greens candidate for MATCH of the SEASON the upcoming elections because BYRON RAMS -vI want to build on this legacy of LISMORE WORKERS a just and inclusive community. (kick oďŹ€ 3pm) Community is something that all PLUS loads of fun for the kids... of us can be involved in and feel and raďŹ„es with fantastic prizes! proud about. Our current mayoral AND our HUGE cupcake stall (get baking!) candidate Simon Richardson is a After the big game, join us for an end of season strong leader with integrity and get together at the Park Hotel (see over) commitment to this community. I am proud to be part of his team. So, although our roads maybe less than perfect, at least we care about each other and our social and physical environment, and thatâ€™s much more important to me. Clare Hocking Greens candidate
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of issues to go before we vote tax to punish our treasured visitors (who support our beautiful region), who he seems to blame for the state of the Shire? Remember this one and his colleagues have been in council for the last four years and look where we are – still going backwards. If this lot is re-elected, it will be out of the frying pan and back into the fire for this shire. When hopefully our voters ‘think’ and elect a whole new lineup of councillors who are truly representative of their constituents, and are not just pushing their own barrows of crazy ideas, then we may move ahead. Terry Hudson Byron Bay
idea is to ask the community to use their phones to send in photos of potholes along with the exact GPS co-ordinates. This means council could better manage the problem. I’d like to correct some errors in your reporting last week of the 2008 election results. Instead of quoting just the below-the-line votes on election night, it’s more meaningful to quote the sum of the above- and below the line results, as well as the postal and pre-poll votes. With this measure I obtained 343 votes in the 2008 council election. At the 2011 state election around 1,297 Byron Shire voters put ‘1’ next to my name. (This is 1,014 votes on election day plus an estimate for postal and Q The Greens’ Duncan Dey had pre-poll.) Karin Kolbe been a councillor for two years Group E candidate from 2002. He is an engineer who claims specialist knowledge on everything, which includes sew- Q If a candidate is a member of a age treatment. ‘group’, the candidate is not truly Duncan is a member of Mul- ‘independent’. lumbimby Community Action Avoid party politics – includNetwork (MCAN) and was its en- ing political parties in denial. If gineering/sewage adviser for the voters must vote for a member of anti-Mullumbimby Woolworths a political party, including a fake campaign. MCAN and Dun- ‘independent’, at least refrain from can successfully exhorted Byron voting 2, 3, 4 etc down the ‘dog tail’ Council to refuse Woolworths’ of smiling hangers-on. application for its on-site sewage Obviously, Simon Richardson treatment plant, would be the best choice as the Woolworths took court action. councillor representing Green polDuncan gave evidence against itics. However, given the diversity Woolworths. The court rejected of the political views of Byronians, Duncan’s claims and Woolworths stacking the ballot paper with a won its case. ‘dog tail’ of Greens is not reflective MCAN also successfully ex- of democracy. horted Council to buy the Telstra Morgan site adjoining the Woolworths site Independent mayoral candidate in the forlorn and misguided belief that, as neighbour, Council could Q Cr Richardson (Jan Barham’s block the Woolworths develop- Green prodigy) has done very litment. tle over his term, consistently beThe Telstra site cost $461,000 ing away from his council duties, and the Greens-dominated coun- including public access, while we cil has done nothing with it. Coun- paid his tab, and now he promises cil cannot even find a tenant for again to be there for the Shire. the site. It is understandable why The community are so tired of the Anyone But Duncan campaign Green promises, and we’re cheesed had been launched? off at not even being allowed one Pauline Kapral large-item pickup service by counOcean Shores cil trucks each year, while Tweed and Ballina councils still provide Q ‘Potholes’ is the buzzword this two per year, as well as greenelection: everyone wants to fix waste pickups! This time around we need to them. The important question is how are we going to do that with- look for teams and candidates with out cutting spending on every- business acumen, because Council is a business which has to negotithing else. Here are three ideas. Firstly, bet- ate, plan and deliver sustainable ter sharing of resources between strategies for sensible budgeting, and essential facilities and sernearby councils. My second idea is to lobby for vices, to a wide and diverse comfewer restrictions on how disaster munity. Cr Diane Woods has delivered funding money is spent. My third
youth facilities already, including Brunswick Heads Skate Park and cycleways, and much-needed footpaths/cycleways across the Shire, and exercise equipment in Waterlily Park that has been earmarked to be installed across the Shire. Diane has tenaciously worked on providing a fair and equitable revision of the draft LEP that currently purports restrictive use and rights for landholders in this Shire. So half your votes are taken care of with Group A, but think carefully about your next five picks! Tina Petroff Ocean Shores
council candidates stand on the issue of tendering for council services and licences. Do candidates support localism and our local economy or will they be pursuing policies that will see a progressive takeover of local businesses by outside operators? Candidates on the Community Independents (Group B) ticket will not sell out local businesses or operators to the highest bidders. We will protect our local economy, culture, environment and community. Paul Spooner Group B candidate
Q Byron Shire is one of the most desirable places to live in Australia. We still have our challenges, but I thank the Greens for many of the achievements that make our Shire such a beautiful place to live and others, such as our awardwinning sewage treatment plants, youth public art projects and the new Byron Bay library. Candidates like Basil Cameron and his imitation ‘green’ party worry me because I’ve seen his inconsistent voting pattern on the current Council. Basil’s support for removing Council’s biodiversity officer from the organisation, his attempts to prevent our hard-working mayor from attending council meetings and efforts to essentially privatise our community-run farmers markets should be wake-up calls to the community. I’m really pleased Simon Richardson is running for mayor and appreciate his dedication to serve our community as a councillor, school teacher and father of two young children. In my encounters with him, Simon has always shown genuine care, a fierce intelligence and the commitment needed to ensure Byron Shire continues to be an amazing place to work, live and raise a family. Rebecca Talbot Mullumbimby
is a culture shift when is comes to tourism in the Shire and it’s great to be a part of it. A new local tourism organisation, VIA Byron, is forming and judging by recent steering committee meetings, it is one with skilled, experienced and modern-thinking people at the helm. It is crucial we share the positives of tourism around the shire, to get visitors to go beyond just a beach experience and to enjoy our hinterland, our towns and villages and to interact with our community. To this end, I recently chaired a subcommittee of the Tourism Advisory Committee to develop visitor trails. Also, I also chaired another sub-committee to create three volunteer tourism pilot projects. The culture shift is also recognising that increasing numbers also increases our already strained infrastructure; it is better for the community if visitors stay longer and spend more – quality rather than quantity. We must manage tourism so it strengthens our communities rather than undermines us. Simon Richardson Greens mayoral candidate
Q The draft Markets Policy referred to by a correspondent in last week’s Echo is a bad policy. This was the clear resolution of a public meeting chaired by Kerry O’Brien last December in the Byron Community Centre and the reason why it has never been adopted by council. The policy was a muddled attempt at keeping the state government happy while failing to protect local economic interests. In a similar fashion the recent debacle over the tenders for surf-school licences failed to impress many locals, as well as the local state member Don Page. Voters should be clear where
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â€˜Initially I was concerned about it but my wife said to me do you want to do this? She said are you going to give it all of your heart? I said yes, and she said donâ€™t go on it and not be brave, give it everything, all of the focus, and all of your energy. It was about being realistic that I wonâ€™t win it. When I got through we realised â€“ Iâ€™d be there until the end.â€™ As a seasoned performer and father of two young children, this couldnâ€™t have come at a better time for Percival. â€˜My profile had been hovering in the underground for two decades and I was getting concerned about driving to gigs and not knowing if Iâ€™d sold any tickets. The Voice came at a good time â€“ I watched the American series and I liked the model of it. I liked the integrity, that everything was about the singer, you werenâ€™t going to be on after a 9-yearold juggler; it felt like it was a good fit for me. I was really proud of all the stuff I did as Mr Percival. I think that helped me become the singer that I am now.â€™ Now of course, Percival is selling out shows everywhere he goes. In the course of this 20-minute interview heâ€™s already been asked by the cab driver to sign an autograph for his 17-year-old daughter. For Darren the most important thing was who he was going to be teamed with. â€˜I said to the executive producer: who are the coaches? She said thatâ€™s really important to you isnâ€™t it? I said absolutely, because it has to be someone I really want to work with. As soon as they said Keith Urban I said okay, Iâ€™ll do it.â€™
that stuff. I remember seeing the Oscars when I was 15. I was at my Nannaâ€™s and Al Pacino won for A Scent of a Woman â€“ he started giving a speech, wanting to use the opportunity to thank everyone who had helped him. Then he said, who speaks of triumph? To endure is everything.â€™ It seems like an unlikely match, but Urban had much to share with Percival. And endure Percival has, being especially grateful to his fans and supporters that came on board before being catapulted into the national spotlight. â€˜I have always been inspired by Keith Urbanâ€™s determination as a musician. I love his albums and am a fan of his and not because of the genre but how he produces albums. â€˜Itâ€™s so important to be coming back to do the Mullum festival. I can tell you in all honesty He told me two major things to help me on my way: one was to get out of the way of that the support I had on the back of Out of the Loop, thatâ€™s part of the giant equation that myself, stop thinking and just sing â€“ he said to let it come through you; and he also said got me there to do what I needed to do. I sort of feel like itâ€™s a chance to say thanks to the what is unique about you? What is original about what you? What is it that you bring? He area. Itâ€™s an exclusive gig that I wanted to do for Glenn â€“ we arenâ€™t doing anything else in made this great comment: do you know anybody that is 80? Well what do they have? He the region for the year. This is our only show.â€™ said you are 40 you should go out there and sing like you are 40 because thatâ€™s something Darren Percival appears as a headline act at the Mullum Music Festival this year, this time a whole lot of people donâ€™t have. Itsâ€™ great being 40.â€™ with his quartet. He is also a youth mentor for the vocal section of the Music Festivalâ€™s The last few months has seen Darren Percival realise a lifelong dream. annual Youth Mentorship project. â€˜I always wanted to be a great singer. I figured that if that was my focus everything else Tickets are on sale now. For program and ticketing information go to www. would come with that. I never thought about anything else. I have never been motivated mullummusicfestival.com, but get in early â€“ the hot tip is that this event is going to by watches and key rings and post-dos. Itâ€™s not my thing and I am not fussed about any of sell like hotcakes!
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HURRAH FOR FEDERAL HALL The crew from Save the Heart of Federal have had a win. Theyâ€™ve raised the money needed to buy the church (and the church land under part of the community hall), and thus saved the local venue for their community. To celebrate they are holding Federal Jamm â€“ with invited artists The Romaniacs, Rebecca Ireland, Bossy Big Heart and Kat Cooper. The Romaniacsâ€™ music is inspired by folk, blues, latin, celtic, Spanish and eastern roots. Rebecca Irelandâ€™s velvet force of melodic groove on acoustic and electric guitars just rolls out a dynamic red carpet ride. Bossy Big Heart take a passionate songwriter and add five unlikely friends and Kat Cooper is a Goonengerry girl now living and playing in Brisbane. Ben Sullivan is the on-board DJ and heâ€™ll be presenting his Smoke and Mirrors laser show. Along with the fine music, there will be delicious pasta available from 6.30pm. The event is BYO.
The performance starts at 8pm with drinks and nibbles in the Salon Verde from 7pm. For bookings phone Star Court Theatre 6622 5005. Adults $30, students $20 (inclusive drinks and nibbles!).
AKOVA AT THE BUDDHA BAR
Akova, finalist in the prestigious Musicoz Awards, play high-energy, uplifting style of roots, gypsy, jump. With guitars, vocals, cajon, djembe, ankle bells, ukulele, kazoo and an assortment of other percussive instruments. Itâ€™s an explosive must see for the eyes, feet and soul. Akova brings people together with dance and tales of love and happiness. Heâ€™s a messenger from our Mother Earth to inspire and unite love and peace through music. His single The Revolution can be downloaded free from Triple J Unearthed. Byron Brewery Buddha Bar on Saturday at 7pm.
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Kit Bray has been gigging solidly over the last 18 months in the Byron Bay area with his smooth, soulful acoustic shows; however, he will be showcasing his other half with his upbeat electric rock, indie soul tunes with the large band on Saturday night, and also will be showing off a sneak preview of a whole bunch of new tracks destined for the next album. Brunswick Hotel on Friday.
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The Star Court Theatre will be the venue for an exciting eveningâ€™s entertainment this Saturday. The Opera Gala features internationally renowned baritone David Wakeham, soprano and cofounder of Opera in the Paddock Peta Blyth, flautist Karen Lonsdale and Brisbane-based pianist, John Woods. Highlights of the program will include Donizettiâ€™s Mad Scene from Lucia di Lammermoor, The Garden Scene from Verdiâ€™s La Traviata, arias from Macbeth, Gounodâ€™s Faust and The Carmen Fantasy for flute and piano. In the lighter vein, songs by Ivor Novello, Cole Porter and Sigmund Romberg will also feature in the program. Highly acclaimed baritone David Wakeham has performed extensively throughout Europe at many of the major opera houses including La Scala Milano, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Theatre an der Wien, the Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, the Bayerische Staatsoper Munchen, the Staatsoper Stuttgart, and Oper Bonn. Brisbane born, Peta Blyth completed a Music (Honours) degree at the University of Queensland before postgraduate vocal and opera studies at the Royal College of Music, London. On returning to Australia she performed numerous principal roles with Opera Australia.
Visions of a Nomad plays jazz world music and classical fusion. The didgeridoo plays a leading role within the music. Key member Michael Cuming, one of Australiaâ€™s finest composers and didgeridoo players, has written a repertoire with a strong message of courage and the desire to cross boundaries in every possible way. These Nomads will appear at the Byron Bay Brewery with the addition of Juan Salvador on electric guitar and Julius Hofstetter on saxophone and Silvana van Dijk on drum kit and vocals.Â Sunday at Byron Brewery.
KAYE AT THE RAILS Gearing up for a rippinâ€™ summer slog, this Spring Into Action tour will highlight Aussie activist and multi-instrumental troubadour Nathan â€˜Lucky Manâ€™ Kayeâ€™s best bits including his famedÂ improvised beat-box routineÂ as well as his underground brand of sunbaked blues-driven roots, live. If multi-talented musos brandishing lap slide guitars and telescopic didgeridoos rock your world, then get your butt down to check Kayeâ€™s band show at the Rails this Saturday from 7pm.
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E N T E R T A I N M E N T have really low self-esteem’. And then I reverse into them and drive off in my aggressive yobbo bomb. I don’t get expensive flashy cars. I do, however, completely get expensive flashy shoes. Cars perplex me, and all the autoaccoutrements. I’ve never understood why anyone would part with cash to get personalised number plates. Anyone who’s forked out the See Mandy live at bucks for a ‘F-ME’ plate clearly shouldn’t be on the road. A friend of www.echonetdaily.net.au mine recently asked what I thought of her new idea for her plate. ‘I M GR 8’. I thought she was joking, but then I noticed her furrowed brow WHO CARS? of intense contemplation. This was a big decision and she didn’t want Apparently we judge people by their cars. In a study that I heard being to get it wrong. Okay. discussed on ABC radio a few weeks back, the car is the item that She was amazed that it wasn’t taken already, and she felt that she women in particular feel the most judged by. Really? I thought we only had a limited time to make her move lest ‘I M GR 8’ be taken by judged each other by the size of our arses and how rich our husbands another person with existence issues. I wasn’t surprised it wasn’t taken. were? Or how fabulous our children’s achievements are, or how swish I was amazed she was considering it. Here was a clearly great woman our homewares? considering making herself the on-road target of bitches like me. Don’t we judge each other by our hotness? That I have a flatter I was careful not to offend her, but inside I was pissing myself. What stomach and more expensive jeans or that my boobs are upwardly could I say? I said what any good friend would say. I said ‘That’s mobile while hers are on an economic downturn? What about judging awesome. I’d get it as soon as possible!’ Now she’s driving around each other by what we think, how we live and the bullshit we say? letting the world know she’s great. I knew it all the time; I thought it was sad that she had to advertise it to people she was about to cut off. After all that careful lifestyle and personal crafting, it turns out that it is the car we drive that we fear gives the most vital information about Why don’t people get personalised number plates that reflect how us. How terribly shallow. (I guess I wouldn’t think that if I had an Audi.) they really feel about themselves? What about ‘I M UNHAPPY’ or I wish I’d known this before I’d driven my 2005 Commodore into the ‘UNLOVED’ or even ‘LOSER’. Now that’s a craze I’m really hoping does ground. According to my car, which probably has a market value of catch on. In the meantime, if you are one of the many $5000 tops and bears the paint scars of hundreds of failed attempts women living in car shame at school pickup time, get at the reverse park, I am a cashless, classless yobbo. And I guess they’d over yourself and park around the block so no-one be right. can see how worthless you really are. That’s where But really, who cares? Or should I say Who Cars? If you’re so desperate you’ll find me. to be thought of as smart and sexy and affluent and the only way you can do it is with a new BMW, then probably people should judge you by your car. When I see a flash new car I think ‘Wow, she or he must
ashrams, temples, sacred sites, and holy company. They have developed a compelling style; while embedded in tradition, kirtan is also universal and playful, lacing English compositions along with Sanskrit mantras and bhajans with traditional Indian instruments, Harmonium, tabla, guitars, didge and percussion.
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Lismore Jazz Club presents a tribute to CHILDREN COLLIDE Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday by two AT THE HOTEL GREAT of the finest jazz singers in the region: Sharny NORTHERN ON SUNDAY Friday 31 August at the Byron Community Centre. Russell and Elizabeth Lord. Joined by a full band, this will be an inspirational afternoon, a OOPING OUT Lismore-styled speakeasy of old! Sunday from 2pm at the Lismore City Linsey Pollak is well known all Bowling Club. Admission is $10 for members and students and $15 for around Australia and the world non-members. as a musician, instrument maker,
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tour and head for the high seas of all things good and worth living for. Tim embarks on the latest phase in a career that has had it all, almost won it all and almost lost it all, but he is most definitely revered by all as one of Australia’s great creative forces. Joining Tim as support on the Rogers Sings Rogerstein national tour will be alt-country and roots singer/ songwriter Catherine Britt, who releases her fifth studio album Always Never Enough. Hotel Great Northern on Friday.
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Using these instruments as well as voice, balloons, melodica, jawharps and a carrot clarinet he cunningly creates layers of music so that the audience can enjoy the process of composition as well as the product of performance. Linsey has a reputation for making and playing instruments made from found objects such as rubber gloves, carrots, watering cans, bicycles, chairs, brooms and rubbish bins. Pollak uses electronic wizardry neatly combined with DIY ingenuity to play an array of unexpectedly surprising single-reed instruments along with voicegenerated rhythm tracks or blasts out a dose of groovy seventies-style funk with ‘Mr Curly’ (a contra-bass clarinet made from plastic garden hose), that has audiences bopping in their seats. Saturday at the Bangalow Catholic Hall. Tix $15 or $20 at the door. Show at 7.30pm. www.kupromotions.com.au
DAVE GRANEY & THE LURID YELLOW MIST AT THE STAR COURT THEATRE IN LISMORE ON THURSDAY
CARMELLA LAUNCHES RASA MANDALA Rasa Mandala is an exciting new collaboration between internationally acclaimed kirtan singer Carmella Baynie and Dale Nougher, long loved as one of Australia’s first exponents of ambient/ electronic music. This is a fresh, exciting new sound and has paved the way for the melding of dance and mantra. Inspirational uplifting anthemic chants and infectious rhythms. Ex-Byron Bay resident Carmella Baynie returns to the shire again to perform something very new and special. Her shows elsewhere have been hugely successful, packed with people dancing and chanting! Carmella is a world-renowned singer, composer and voice therapist based in Sydney. She is an accredited voice teacher and yoga teacher with more than 20 years’ experience in the practice of yoga, meditation, martial arts, the dramatic arts and singing. Carmella has dedicated her life to facilitating sound as a healing force, as a vehicle for transformation and vibrational healing. Friday at Coorabell Hall from 7.30pm. Tix are $20 or $25 at the door; go to www.kupromotions.com.au
writing new music constantly and playing their music across Australia. Based in the Byron region, this four-piece have gained an appreciative following in northern NSW. Delay-drenched violin meets with clean, ambient vocals, solid atmospheric guitar, driving bass lines and exciting drum rhythms. The product contains emotive builds with various sections, fun MARK HEAZLETT BAND breakdowns, and infectious outros. Currently recording AT THE BANGALOW their third and most HOTEL ON SUNDAY significant EP yet, A Little Province are sure to move SAMSON STREET you. Thursday at the AT BY THE RIVER Beach Hotel from 8.30pm. Free entry. LOUNGE BAR
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Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist are on tour launching their new CD You’ve been in My Mind. It’s a rock’n’roll set powered by drums, bass, 12- and 6-string electric guitars and lashings of vocals. Dave calls it ‘west coast’ in its chordings and beats as that’s the kind of 70s rock he was raised in. We are talking about Love and the Doors and the Byrds. Star Court Theatre Lismore on Thursday, 8pm, tix $20.
WHEN EASTON GOES WEST Experience songs from Mark Easton’s CD Grind, crafted on resonator and double-neck guitars, compact percussion gear, harp and kick drum. Mark is a high-octane blues machine who burns it up on slide guitar. Elements of blues, rock, dirty grooves, funk and gnarly slide playing are blazingly evident with Mark’s love of the stronger side of the blues – acknowledging styles like RL Burnside, Hound Dog Taylor, Led Zeppelin, Black Keys, White Stripes. The loop system layers his music, combined with chainsaw or sometimes sweet vocals, harmonica and drumming with his feet to provide a full, fat sound. Saturday at the Lennox Hotel from 9.30pm.
LITTLE BEACH PROVINCE
A kaleidoscope of musical colour converges to form the powerful progressive (folk-rock) force that is A Little Province. Over the past year the band has achieved much, spanning many genres, creatively evolving their sound,
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KAT OUT OF THE BAG As a well established 8-piece band featuring 3-piece horn section The Brass Monkeys, Madison Kat know how to bust it commanding the audience’s attention from the outset. Playing styles including funk, ska, swing and alternative as well as recognisable cuts from past and contemporary artists, they use their youthful experience to read the crowd and play accordingly, urging all to get down, while not playing ‘the same old’ cliché cover-band music. Sharing the night with the audience is what they do. Their visual energy and crowd involvement is entertaining and shows with crowd response at gigs and their loyal following. They are a down-to-earth group of guys each with individual personality and no one player taking the spotlight. Madison Kat front time and time again with the proof at the end of an enjoyable night at the Beach Hotel on Friday from 9pm.
MARK HEAZLETT BAND
Playing songs from artists as diverse as Foofighters, The Verve to Bill Withers and Robert Plant, the Mark Heazlett Band has been compared to a religious experience – a positive one I’m hoping. Mark gets inside any song he’s singing and makes it his own story with a contemporary edge. Sunday at the Bangalow Hotel from 12.30.
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You seem to have blended academia with burlesque. Why did you choose to take this journey? One of the most effective ways to reach people is through humour, and that is what lies at the heart of burlesque. Great thinking and comedy have been bedfellows throughout history. Think of Oscar Wilde; his comedy captured the hearts of his audiences while it exposed the deficits of the human condition. My friend Barry Humphries uses the same techniques, and he is a national treasure. Are you advocating we all go back to corsets? Societyâ€™s expectation that women must wear corsetry went out in the 1960s when women said goodbye to their elasticated step-ins and girdles. I myself am glad that corsetry is now a choice and not something that women must do in order to be considered decently dressed. There are people out there who are â€˜tight lacersâ€™ who wear corsets almost 24/7 in order to reduce their waistlines over their lifetime. This means wearing heavy corsets to bed and a very specific diet of many small meals in a day. There are some health risks associated with tight lacing but many people do it in a safe, slow and responsible way. Iâ€™m not a full-time tight lacer but I fully support those who choose that path.Â Who is in the show? Who is your band? The band for Serpentine is my very own rock band Bertie Page Clinic, John Meyer, Leon Van Lieshout and Tim Price on guitar, bass and drums. We also have
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