The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 36.14 – September 15, 2021

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Grants allocated across community Winners of the annual Mullum Ex-Services Club grants program have been announced, with local community groups benefiting in the thousands. The Club’s GM, Andrew Spice, says their grants program has given away $19,825 in cash and in-kind support over the past 12 months. Mr Spice says, ‘The amount of cash [given away] in the past year was $17,515’. ‘The major recipients were Mullumbimby CWA ($4,200); Brunswick Heads Surf Club ($4,200); Mullumbimby Agricultural Show Society ($4,200); Mullumbimby Junior Rugby League ($2,000); Brunswick Byron Netball Association ($1,000) and the Mullumbimby Business Chamber (Chinny Charge) ($1,000)’. ‘Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club supports a wide range of charitable bodies, community groups, schools and sporting organisations through the ClubGRANTS Scheme.

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From left, Andrew Spice and Maurie Maher from the Mullum Ex-Services Club, with some recipients of their grants program: The Mullum Ag Show society’s Ken Ryan and Carolyn Reynolds (dressed in blue), the Bruns Surf Club’s Leigh Robbins and Chris Ashton, Sue Constable and Diane Giddins. Photo Jeff Dawson ‘ClubGRANTS was established in 1998 to ensure registered clubs in NSW with gaming profits over $1 million contribute financial or

in-kind support to local community services, programs, and projects. ‘The scheme enables a club’s participation, support,

and leadership within their local area, by providing funding for projects, services, and programs that benefit their community’.

Top judges named for Ocean Shores Art Expo An internationally recognised art photographer and an assistant director of Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art will judge this year’s Ocean Shores Art Expo. Co-organiser Elizabeth Allen says Michael Cook, a Brisbane and Byronbased art photographer of Bidjara heritage, will judge the photography and digital art sections of the exclusively online expo. ‘Cook’s photographs, which explore issues of identity, are represented in major Australian collections, and in

significant international collections including the British Museum; The Museum of World Cultures, Netherlands; the Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utrecht; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the KlugeRuhe Aboriginal Art Collection, USA’. Ms Allen says, ‘Simon Wright, assistant director of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), will judge the categories of watercolour and gouache; printmaking; drawing and pastels; oil and acrylic;

mixed media; and sculpture and 3D art’. Entries in the Ocean Shores Art Expo close on September 15. Prizes include the $1,000 Vale Award, plus prize money of $500 for the winner of each category, and $200 for second place getters and the Viewers’ Choice. The expo will open at 10am on October 9 for public viewing and sales, and continue until November 9. Viewers can vote for their favourite artwork or photograph from October 9 till 23.

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Stone & Wood sells to big brewer Lion Aslan Shand Local brewers Stone & Wood last week announced that their Fermentum group of businesses will be sold to Lion. The Fermentum group is comprised of brands, including the flagship Stone & Wood, Two Birds, Fixation, Little Dragon and Sunly Seltzer. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals, the process for which has commenced. According to www.lionco.com, Lion has a considerable portfolio of beers, ciders and non-alcoholic drinks, and also manages venues. Lion’s portfolio of beer alone includes XXXX, Tooheys, Iron Jack, Furphy, Little Creatures, Hahn, James Squire, Byron Bay Brewery, James Boag, Kirin, Emu, Swan Draught, West End Draught, Kosciuszko Pale Ale, White Rabbit, Bevy, Eumundi, and Tiny Mountain. www.echo.net.au

Stone & Wood founders Brad Rogers, Ross Jurisich and Jamie Cook. Photo supplied The deal, say Lion, will see a new brewery built in Murwillumbah that will create local jobs, a donation of $5 million to the inGrained not for profit foundation, and another $1 million to Big Scrub Landcare Inc.

Lion Australia Managing Director James Brindley said, ‘We have huge respect for what Jamie Cook, Brad Rogers, Ross Jurisich and the team have created: great beer, wonderful brands, spiritual homes in their breweries and tap rooms, an inclusive culture and a commitment to the community’. ‘We want to grow what they’ve started, giving their people and beers even more reach across the country’, he said. ‘We have a shared vision of “Brewing as a Force for Good”. ‘Lion is Australia’s first large-scale carbon neutral brewer and we will be backing the Stone & Wood, Two Birds and Fixation breweries to go carbon neutral as well. ‘There are lots of areas where we can learn from each other’. It has been confirmed with The Echo that all employees with Stone and Wood will be kept on. žĕżƐĕŔćĕſǨǬǽǩǧǩǨ The Byron Shire Echo 3