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Eight north coast groups have received over $30,000 in funds from the Splendour in the Grass festival producers.
In Byron Shire, funds went to Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre $8,000; Mullumbimby Showground Trust $4,750; Brunswick Valley Meals on Wheels Service $3,500; Brunswick Nippers Junior Surf Life Saving Club $2,000; Byron Youth Theatre $1,000; and Ocean Shores Primary School $5,000.
Each year Splendour provides cash donations to worthy local community groups, totalling over $450,000 in grants throughout the Byron Shire since 2000.
Some of the previous recipients have included Shara Community Gardens, Byron Community Centre, Billinudgel Pets For life Animal Shelter, Brunswick Valley Landcare, Brunswick Valley Rescue and Mullumbimby High School.
Northern Rivers Big Band in Concert at Park Lane Theatre
Saturday 22 October 2016
Who’s coming along for a swing dance with the very fabulous Northern Rivers Big Band?
Appearing in concert at the Park Lane Theatre in Lennox Head on Saturday 22 October commencing at 7.15 pm the evening will feature cabaret style tables and a big dance floor.
We are excited to bring these classic and sublime melodies to a local audience; it is some of the best examples of music created in the 20th century. It will be a real pleasure to experience the sound of a large big band performing the best arrangements ever produced, so we encourage everyone to tell their friends and share a table for a fantastic evening of entertainment.
Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at trybooking.com.au
For table reservations telephone Sue Brennan on 0409 728 814
Tickets are limited. BYO food and drinks.
On 18 September US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes killed 80 or more Syrian Arab Army soldiers who were attempting to combat ISIS from a Syrian military base. There seems little doubt that this was a war-crime, but it has already been displaced by media-saturation cover of a single act of terrorism in Manhattan where 29 people were injured. Well, the western media may believe it can hide the truth, but Eastern media and the alternative media cannot let this go. Inside this article there are two video debates on the motives and consequences of the US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes that killed 80 Syrian Arab Army soldiers two days ago. In the first video, "U.S. Bonus for Terrorists," Press TV conducts an interview with Brian Becker, with the ANSWER Coalition from Washington, and Frederick Peterson, a US congressional defense policy advisor from New York, to discuss these US airstrikes in Syria. This debate was originally published by Iranian Press TV at http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/18/485337/US-bonus-terrorists on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
In the second video debate, "Tenuous Truce" [see video below] there was another debate on the same matter conducted with Scott Bennett, a military expert and former US army psychological warfare officer from San Francisco, and Michael Lane, the founder of American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to discuss the failed ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in Syria. This was originally published at http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/19/485484/US-Russia-Syria-ceasefire.
What can we do when the United States keeps on pulling more and more shocking stunts in the Middle East. It seems to be proving that it is the maddest and the baddest, and that anyone trying to stop it would risk a nuclear war. And Australia and other countries are stupidly being sucked in. Scott Bennett in the second debate, suggests that the world needs to demand a UN inquiry into the US airstrike as a war-crime and that the alternative media and the non-western media - like Rt and Press TV - have to try to raise the profile of that demand to get through the block of fizz that issues from the mainstream western media, which simply puts any challenge to US warmongering to one side:
SCOTT BENNETT: "Secretary Kerry and Obama and the political powers right now, I think, [...] they're off the chain. I think the military is doing its own thing in its own time in order to create fires that the next administration will have to put out. They're seeding their own future job applications. But the facts are - if you're arguing this in court - if you were arguing this to the United Nations Criminal Court - you simply could say, 'The United States engaged in targeting operations and the Russian intelligence forces will provide the appropriate electronic surveillance that will prove that the United States was engaged in chatter and conversations in targeting that resulted in the murder of 80 Syrian military personnel. In order to roll back the Assad military that was attempting t...
You know- it JUST occurred to me that, although they may have “solved” the Jacob Wetterling abduction- the Ricky Chadek old case abduction and murder has YET to be answered for- and since that is MUCH CLOSER TO HOME- and it would be WAY OBVIOUS if I began speaking about this case and IT TOO got solved immediately after- I have realized that THIS CASE needs to be my new focus.
Esp. considering when I went to Det. John Pankonin who worked at the Nebraska State Patrol in the cold case department and demanded that he take my DNA and compare to the DNA that was left in Ricky’s murdered corpse- he sent his sister Tru Pankonin into BOTH mine and my sister’s lives. Interesting- isn’t it- that after going after this case- SUDDENLY the detective in charge’s SISTER would befriend my family?
Guess the ball is in MY COURT NOW.
Shatter Boys UK is a group of men who have come together because they have had enough of being silenced by taboos that exist in society myths that exist and the universal misconception that this doesn’t happen to boys and men.
We came together because we knew we would be stronger together as Survivors and unity was key a collective voice needed to smash this thing apart.
We knew from our own experiences that there is a distinct lack of support services for adult male Survivors of Childhood sexual and adult male rape.
This had to change as people are dying out there. People we knew, our peers , have taken over doses and committed suicide because they had no where to go.
We realized that mutual aid was the key what worked for us was one Survivor helping another.
We decided to plant Peer support groups across the UK so support would be available for free and accessible to men.
We are all about supporting men to empower them selves to move forward with there lives and have a voice.
We understand unity is the answer we aim to plant Peer support
groups across the UK in areas where there is no support of which
there are many.
One Step Off The Grid The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found. The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded […]
MINISTER for Local Government Paul Toole today welcomed the decisions of the Land and Environment Court in relation to five council merger proposals.
The court entirely dismissed Shellharbour Council’s action regarding its opposition to merging with Wollongong City Council. The court also dismissed the opposition to the merger of Hornsby Shire and Ku-ring-gai councils and Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde councils.
Shellharbour has until September 27 to consider an appeal.
The proposal puts to bed an unsuccessful attempt in the 1990s for the reinstatement of the former Bulli Shire Council, and for the northern suburbs to sucede from Wollongong. Shellahrbour will now join with Wollongong, and the northern beaches to form one major Illawarra local government area.
“The Court noted that the complaints common to the five were without foundation,” Mr Toole said.
Regarding the action brought by Mosman and Strathfield councils, the court found that the Delegate did not adequately consider one and two of 11 factors outlined by the Local Government Act respectively, meaning the proposed mergers remainin the hands of the Delegates.
“The Government will closely examine the findings in relation to these Delegates’ reports,” Mr Toole said.
The NSW Government proclaimed 19 new councils on May 12. Bayside Council was proclaimed on September 9 following the conclusion of legal action brought by the former Botany Bay council.
A further three merger proposals remain subject to decisions of the courts.
“The 20 new councils in NSW are already getting on with the job of delivering improved services and better infrastructure to their ratepayers,” Mr Toole said.
Not only will the 2016 iteration of Melbourne’s national music conference Face The Music feature live music for the first time, but the list of speakers and performers is getting out of control.
Adding already to the the first round of speakers which includes music critic Anthony Fantano, Bandcamp’s Andrew Jervis, and triple j’s Zan Rowe, are a sensational list of local artists.
We’re of course excited to hear that Briggs will be joining the lineup. After dropping ‘January 26’ with his group A.B. Original, Briggs has become an almost household name as he has taken it upon himself to challenge Australia Day.
Joining the hip-hop sensation is another Aussie rap champ in Tkay Maizda, whose latest collab with Killer Mike is leaving everyone frothing for her forthcoming debut album. There’s more, too, as prodigious producer Japanese Wallpaper will be joining them, along with a slew of other great artists.
Face the Music will be held at Melbourne Music Week’s Hub, The State Library of Victoria, and is shaping up to be a great day for Australian music – and possibly the best Face The Music yet.
Anthony Fantano [The Needle Drop]
Andrew Jervis [Bandcamp]
Ricki Askin [VICE]
Zan Rowe [triple j]
Kim Ambrosius [Roskilde]
Taylor Brode [Sacred Bones]
Lorrae McKenna [Remote Control]
Nai Palm [Hiatus Kaiyote]
Ben Marshall [Vivid Sydney]
Woody McDonald [Meredith Music Festival]
Nic Kelly [Night High Records]
Michael Hohnen [Skinnyfish Music]
Emma Barnes [Emma Jane Management]
Katie Stewart [Laneway Music Festival]
Myf Warhurst [Double J]
Samuel Wald [WME]
Johann Ponniah [I Oh You]
Jaime Gough [Native Tongue]
Emily York [Penny Drop]
THERE’S still time to have your say about the proposed design of a seawall at McCauley’s Beach, Thirroul.
Wollongong City Council is seeking feedback on a proposal to protect the embankment at the end of Corbett Ave which is eroding due to coastal wave action and storm events.
Work to stabilise the embankment is now required to protect the road and maintain safe access to the public reserve and private property.
Council has proposed constructing a gently sloping seawall of armour rock that will dissipate wave energy and allow seawater to percolate through the wall. The design has been reviewed by an independent coastal engineer and is not expected to impact the surf break. The wall will be above mid tide on the beach and will not be at the water’s edge in normal weather.
Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Works, Mike Hyde, said the proposed design is not final and people are encouraged to have their say before submissions close on 30 September.
“The work is designed to protect community assets not private property,” he said. “However, we have been liaising with local property owners due to the proximity of the works.
“The work will also include constructing a permanent stairway from the public reserve to McCauleys Beach.”
Once the design is finalised, it’s anticipated work will take about six months depending on tide, swell and weather conditions and will not commence until 2017.
Council has liaised and satisfied the requirements of a number of Authorities including the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Crown Lands) and the Regional Coastal Panel.
For more information or to view the plans visit Council’s website.
There’s nothing better than a beautiful day out on the hillside, unless it’s a beautiful day out with lots of lovely people planting trees.
This year we had the wonderful team from Justin Borevitz’s lab at ANU, along with another hundred yellow box (eucalyptus melliodora) that they raised from seed, genotyped and either pampered or subjected to all sorts of tests (drought stress, various sprays etc). In the last two years we have planted 30 to 50 of these which despite some setbacks in the way of frost, not to mention last autumn’s endless dryness, have been doing well. The main challenge is transporting the big pots (this year big sections of pipe) up to where they’ll be planted. The rest of our plants come from Murrumbateman Landcare, Greening Australia or Damian DiMarco’s nursery on Wallaroo Road, making as wide and balanced a range of species as we can manage.
In the past few weeks we’ve been planting sections of this year’s big project – a new windbreak on Esdale. Last weekend the army of pink covers finally peered over the hill where we can see them from the house....
The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found.
The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded by ARENA – found that paying ‘local network credits’ to local generators for their role in reducing overall investment in the electricity network could reduce network expansion costs by 59 per cent, representing an overall positive economic benefit of approximately $1.2 billion by 2050.
The findings are based on the results of five virtual trials conducted by the ISF in five different locations around Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, which modelled the benefits of local network credits and local energy trading (also known as virtual net metering).
As we reported in May, early results from the modelling found that the current National Energy Market structure not only offered little financial incentive to export distributed energy generation, but created a strong incentive for customers and product developers to keep generation “behind the meter”, and a “perverse” incentive for networks to duplicate infrastructure.
The final findings, published on Tuesday, tell much the same story: “Results of four out of five virtual trials of Local Network Charges and Local Electricity Trading completed to date indicate there is potential for distributed generation to meet local consumption, which is unlikely to be realised under current market conditions,” the ISF says.
The Willoughby trial results, in particular, said the ISF, “demonstrate that even a relatively low Local Network Charge can send a meaningful signal to operate dispatchable generation when the network is most likely to need support.”
The report finds that offering a Local Network Charge for the cases investigated would keep solar and other distributed generation on the grid, “in an era of increasingly locally derived supply.”
Such an incentive would also maintain the network charges paid by the proponent, the report notes, “relative to a significant increase in behind the meter consumption using a private wire approach, even taking into account payment of the Local Network Charge itself.”
The result, it says, leaves the proponent and other customers better off, due to the fact that money is not wasted on more and more poles and wires.
Loving live music isn’t just about attending music festivals and seeing an international artist’s massive arena show.
Even the biggest of big-name headliners started in the trenches, on the sticky carpets and bandrooms of your local bars and pubs – which is exactly where you should be if you want to discover your new favourite band or venue.
Here are our picks for this week’s best local gigs from Aussie talent – from Perth to the East Coast – and all for the price of a good meal.
Where: Hotel Steyne, Manly NSW
When: 9pm – 12am, Friday Sep 23
Why: Following the release of her killer debut record B-Grade University, Alex Lahey is hitting back with her first national tour. The gig is set to be one to remember and with support acts Betty & Oswald, it’s one you shouldn’t miss – oh and did we mention that it’s free?
Tickets & Info: Free, more info here.
Where: Ferdydurke, Melbourne VIC
When: 9pm – 5am, Saturday Sep 22
Why: $10 for a night of quality house and electronica? Yes please! Headlining the night is Mall Grab who is racking up millions of plays online, and joining him is Christopher Port, whose recent EP ‘Vehement’ was met with plenty of praise as well. You can’t really lose!
Tickets & Info: $10-15 more info here.
We’ve got a new Aussie hip hop talent to keep an eye on in Melbourne emcee Kudos aka James Tretheway, who has today dropped his first studio track, the curiously named ‘Plucker’.
Produced/mixed by Yuri Tobler and mastered/mixed by Ben Kramp (Illy, M-Phazes), it’s a satisfying opening volley that melds raw personal lyrics with velvet smooth beats loaded with chunky guitar.
“Plucker is the story of balance between taking time for yourself and giving time to others,” James says of the track.
“Acknowledging that we all should have the right to grieve and that our feelings are relevant to where we are standing, while at the same time recognising others grief in order to put our own into a healthy perspective.”
While this is only his first track, he hasn’t been sitting idle, instead honing his craft and being able to share the stage with Atmosphere, Spit Syndicate and Afrika Bambaataa in recent years, as well as featuring regularly with Tijuana Cartel.
Now, Kudos is embarking on his own East Coast solo tour in October, including a spot at Jungle Love festival on the Sunshine Coast, dates below.
Kudos Plucker Single Tour
Supported By DJ Lickweed
Thu 13 Oct – Melbourne, VIC – Workers Club
Thu 27 Oct – Brisbane, QLD – Milk Factory
Sat 29 Oct- Gold Coast, QLD – Dust Temple Spoken Word -W/ Luka Lesson
Thu 3 Nov – Sydney, NSW – Oaf Gallery
Fri 25th Nov – Brisbane, QLD – Jungle Love
Sat 26 Nov – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Solbar W/ Dubarray
In case you hadn’t heard, the headliners for next year’s MONA FOMA were announced earlier this month. It was arguably the quirky Tasmanian festival’s most impressive lineup announcement to date, and we don’t even know who else is playing yet.
It almost doesn’t matter, since the reaction to the news that Faith No More frontman Mike Patton and Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer would soon be sharing a bill in Australia was enough to get fans excited and FOMO-ing all over social media.
But as Patton fans know, a tour announcement from the prolific vocalist, whose range rivals the likes of Mariah Carey, could mean just about anything. Recent Patton tours have involved everything from Faith No More to orchestral Italian pop music.
So what is tētēma?
As Patton recently explained to the Sydney Morning Herald, it’s the mind-bending collaboration between himself and Aussie composer Anthony Pateras and he’s not actually 100 percent sure the two of them can pull it off. “I can’t lie to you, I’m a little bit nervous,” he said.
“I don’t know how we’re going to pull this stuff off… To be honest – how should I say? – it’s a logistical nightmare.” Patton refers to the intricate and ambitious collaboration, which yielded the album Geocidal, as “world music from another world”.
The story behind the creation of the album is as much of a curveball as the music. It involved Pateras moving to a convent in rural France where he locked himself away for 10 days before emerging with a suite of left-of-field rhythmic soundscapes.
The album, in the making since 2009, was finalised in San Francisco over 48 hours. “The interesting thing about the record is that every element is recorded in a different country, and this gives the sound a displaced, almost vaporous intensity,” said Pateras in a statement.
“I moved country twice during its genesis as well… the whole Geocidal thing is about coming from no place, re-birthing, watching the place you are from be altered beyond recognition that you have nothing to do with it anymore.”
So those fans expecting to hear a rendition of ‘Epic’ are out of luck and should strap yourselves in for some seriously twisted and challenging sound art. But as Patton told the Sydney Morning Herald, more music from Faith No More is not out of the question.
“I don’t know whether or not we’re going to attack it,” Patton told the outlet, “but there is some stuff we wrote around the time of the last one and said, ‘Why don’t we save this for the next record?’ So we’ll see.”
ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called on all governments to listen to First Peoples in order to address crisis levels of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
National Campaigns Manager, Ms Jane Powles said that “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have been calling for the implementation of Justice Reinvestment since 2009 to address high incarceration rates.”
“It's about time governments started to listen”
Last night’s episode of ABC’s Four Corners featuring one of the first Justice Reinvestment trial sites in Australia, highlighted the common sense approach that Justice Reinvestment supports.
“Driver licence programs that keep young people and the roads in Bourke safe make a lot of sense,” said Ms Powles
In NSW, over half the children in jail are Aboriginal. This costs $800 per child per day. In 2014 NSW taxpayers spent an average of $293,200 on each child in custody.
“Bourke is showing us that there is a much better way to invest tax payers money that will create stronger and safer communities.”
Despite multiple reports and inquiries into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the justice system incarceration rates continue to rise. It’s time to think differently to address this crisis and create sustainable solutions.
“Last night we saw a whole community stepping up and collectively developing practical solutions that address the drivers of crime.”
Ms Powles said “With youth detention on the next Council of Australian Governments agenda, the Prime Minister has the opportunity to take the lead on developing a nationally co-ordinated approach to addressing the incarceration crisis and forging a collective commitment to Justice Reinvestment.”
“It’s time for governments to act, and start listening to and working with First Peoples so we don't lose another generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to the justice system.”
Homegrown buzz magnet Tash Sultana is absolutely killing it in Europe right now. Her tour may have gotten off to a bumpy start thanks to a mixup with her airline, but if this breathtaking footage shot at a local Dutch radio station is anything to go by, it’s all smiles at the moment.
The triple j Unearthed feature artist recently wrapped a huge, completely sold-out national tour of Australia and her European trek has similarly sold out across the board, with the one-woman-band frequently taking to social media to share footage of at-capacity rooms around Europe.
Punters were struggling to get in the door of her packed out BIGSOUND showcase and Tash hit the ground running as soon as she got back to Melbourne, announcing a new six-track EP, scheduled to drop worldwide later this month, and the launch of her own record label, Lonely Lands Records.
The EP will include the triple j favourite ‘Notion’ as well as her brand new single, ‘Jungle’. The homemade video for ‘Jungle’ recently went viral, having accrued over 2 million views and more than 22,000 shares on Facebook in a week. Tash will also be playing Laneway 2017 next January and February.
Thursday, 15th September 2016
The Borderline, London
Saturday, 17th September 2016
7 Layers Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sunday, 18th September 2016
Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Thursday, 22nd September 2016
The Northern, Byron Bay
Friday, 23rd September 2016
Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
Friday, 30th September 2016
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Thursday, 6th October 2016
Friday, 7th October 2016
Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
Thursday, 13th October 2016
Baha’s Tacos, Rye
Friday, 14th October 2016
Torquay Hotel, Torquay
Saturday, 15th October 2016
Uni Bar, Adelaide
Thursday, 20th October 2016
Newtown Social Club, Sydney
Thursday, 27th October 2016
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
Friday, 11th November 2016
Kings Arms, Auckland
Sahara Beck admits that she has always loved the works of Quentin Tarantino, so when she got the chance to film her new music video for ‘Tapping On The Roof’, she lapped up the opportunity to pay homage to Tarantino’s first film – Reservoir Dogs.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino,” she says, “so when we were creating the idea for the ‘Tapping on the Roof’ music video Matt Jeston (Director) came up with the idea that we roughly base the video on the torture scene from Reservoir Dogs. It’s such a great movie and I’m so happy that I get to pay my respects to it through my own art.”
The clip was filmed at the Brisbane’s Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, which created the perfect backdrop to her uniquely gorgeous track, the click-clack of percussion echoing its title perfectly. The Tarantino influence definitely doesn’t end at the video either, as ‘Tapping On The Roof’ wouldn’t feel at all out of place on a Kill Bill soundtrack.
You’ll be able to catch Sahara live when she joins Brisbane’s Ball Park Music on their mammoth national tour with The Creases, as well on as her very own solo tour, which culminates with a show at Festival Of The Sun – dates below.
Thursday 22 September
Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD
Friday 23 September
Solbar, Maroochydore QLD
Saturday 24 September
The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all
Sunday 25 September
The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all ages)
Thursday 29 September
ANU Bar, Canberra ACT
Friday 30 September
Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW (all ages)
Tuesday 4 October
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 5 October
Barwon Club, Geelong VIC
Thursday 6 October
Barwon Club, Geelong VIC
Friday 7 October
170 Russell, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 8 October
The Uni Bar, Hobart TAS
Thursday 13 October
The Gov, Adelaide SA
Friday 14 October
The Gov, Adelaide, SA (all ages)
Friday 21 October...
With Ballina’s new Marine Rescue Tower nearing completion, the focus is now turning to demolishing the old ‘leaning tower’.
The Ballina Shire Council has announced that the demolition of the old tower, which was deemed unsafe, will begin on 3 October.
As part of the demolition of the old tower, the walkway along the North Wall break wall, adjacent to the tower, will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists from 7am to 4pm each day until 7 October.
The walkway along the break wall will remain open to pedestrians.
Meanwhile, the construction of the new $2.283 million tower is nearing completion and is expected to be finished next month.
Marine Rescue NSW decided to close the old radio tower building after several accidents over the years, including one where a volunteer was injured and concussed while climbing the stairs.
The new tower is being built by Woollam Constructions, and has a number of funding partners.
They include the Ballina Volunteer Marine Rescue fundraising effort of $150,000, Ballina Shire Council ($318,000), the Federal Government ($850,000) and various state government departments ($965,000).
With its first shipment of residential battery storage systems set to be delivered to customers in October, RedFlow has announced the first round of accredited installers for the ZCells.
The Brisbane-based company has revealed an initial list of seven companies in states around Australia who are trained and approved to install the 10kWh zinc bromine flow battery.
Further installer training sessions are being conducted – as we reported last month, these are being done by RedFlow CEO Simon Hackett, himself – for a number of additional companies, which will be added to the website as they are approved.
The companies named on Tuesday include Geographe Electrical Communications (WA), Off-Grid Energy Australia (SA, VIC, ACT, NSW, TAS and southeast QLD.), SolarQuip (VIC), Standard Solar (national), Suntrix (SA, VIC, NSW, QLD), The Solar Depot (SA, NSW) and WES Group (QLD, NT, WA).
The ZCell, which was officially launched to the market in March, is described as a flow battery that can ‘timeshift’ solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems.
Some of the benefits of the battery chemistry and design – which are both Australian made – include a long cycle life, reusable parts and a better depth of discharge and storage capability than some of its main competitors, including lead acid and lithium-ion batteries.
“ZCell has natural advantages over lithium in terms of its recyclability and reusability, better depth of discharge and storage capability,” said Ian Grayson – managing director of newly accredited installer WES Group, a Sunshine Coast-based electrical and mechanical contracting company.
“I believe energy storage will be a long-term growth story, like solar PV, and it will also be a game changer for the major electricity suppliers, especially with the advent of aggregation,” Grayson said.
Another ZCell installer, Troy Ryan from Solar Depot described the ZCell as a low maintenance and long-life battery system that would integrate easily into the company’s projects.
“ZCell’s well-suited for grid-hybrid and larger standalone applications and also answers safety concerns that plenty of people have about lithium batteries,” Ryan said.
The full list of ZCell installers can be found here.
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More than 1,500 people attended the very popular Sustainable House Day Expo and Tiny Homes Design Competition last Saturday, September 17 at Mullumbimby Civic Hall.
This year’s winner of the $1,000 professional category on the theme of Tiny Homes: A Pocket Neighbourhood was Neeraja Peeret.
‘I am so excited to have won the design competition and am currently looking at building upon this award and showcasing the project further to show that sustainability can be easy, small and cost-effective,’ Ms Peeret said.
Her winning design featured a pocket neighbourhood that enabled many people to live sustainably in small houses with private spaces as well communal areas for social connection.
Coming in second was Baxter & Jacobson Architects, while David Brown and Alfonso Duran Fraile received the sponsors’ highly recommended award.
The winner of the $500 Byron Shire community award was Joe Harvey-Jones with his fantastic design that included rotating house that captures the sun’s rays in every season.
Warren Buys won the $500 Lismore City community award and Margot McCarthy took out the $500 Tweed Shire community award.
Michael Leung from Balanced Earth won the $100 people’s choice award.
A highlight of the Expo was the highly popular ‘speed date a sustainable designer’ session with filled up early.
Also well attended were the informative talks by subject experts, while many stallholders were on hand to provide instant advice.
If you missed out on attending the Expo you can still view all the designs at the various council foyers and the Green Building Centre in Byron Bay from the end of October.
‘It’s a treasure trove of our region’s finest, all available for viewing for free,’ said Sandi Middleton from the Northern Rivers Sustainable House Day Collaboration.
Sustainable House Day is a joint event by Byron Shire Council, Lismore City Council, Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, The Green Building Centre, Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre, Self Seed, North Coast TAFE and Dorroughby Environment Educational Centre.
Champions Quarry near Lismore has been given approval to modify three of four conditions of its approval despite community concerns.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment announced today that it had ‘partially approved’ the quarry’s application to modify the approvals.
The company had sought to change the frequency of Community Consultative Committee meetings from two to one each year, but the request was denied.
The department did however approve the other three requests.
They were to allow the quarry to water an internal road instead of sealing it in an effort to stop dust from blowing onto neighbouring properties.
Also, the quarry has been given permission to amend boundaries in its Biodiversity Offset Strategy to better reflect existing vegetation on site.
The quarry has also been given permission to use scales fitted to the front end loaders to weigh materials loaded onto trucks as an economic alternative to installing a weighbridge.
A spokesperson from the Department said consultation with the community is enshrined into the process for assessing applications.
‘The modification application was publicly exhibited for community feedback during March 2016,’ a spokesperson said.
‘Key issues raised during public consultation include dust emissions, the ongoing need of the CCC and the accuracy of using scales as a measurement method.
‘The Department has closely considered potential dust impacts on the local community and is satisfied that watering the internal haul road is a satisfactory and practical alternative to sealing.
‘The accuracy of scales for weighing quarry products has also been considered. The Department is satisfied that accuracy will be maintained provided the company appropriately manages these processes, as outlined in its application, and required by the Department through a condition in its approval.
‘The Department has thoroughly assessed the modification application under clear and consistent rules.’
For more information visit http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/
The largest coordinated garage sale day will be held this Saturday across the north coast.
Called Second Hand Saturday, the annual event will be held in the Lismore, Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley and Tweed local council areas.
Organisers said last year there were over 900 garage sales and this year was expected to be even bigger.
Linda Tohver from North East Waste says that garage sale registrations have been coming in thick and fast with a huge range of treasures on offer from the Clarence Valley to the Tweed.
“From building materials and caravans to scooters and cars, household goods, antiques and even Elvis costumes, there will be something for everyone,” Linda said.
“We encourage people to shop second hand and take part in this great community event, which aims to give goods a second life and reduce landfill.”
The Jiggi Uniting Church will be holding its first garage sale in the church’s long and proud 111-year history as part of Second Hand Saturday.
Heather Jeffery from the church says it will be worth making the drive out to the Jiggi as there will be plenty of interesting and unusual items for sale including a church organ.
“We have 500 donated items and more coming in – things from farm sheds, furniture, bric-a-brac, homewares, good quality clothing and curiosity items,” Heather said.
“We are raising funds to restore and repaint the church, which is an important piece of local and community history.
“Second Hand Saturday is a great initiative for recycling pre-loved items to happy new owners.”
Keen bargain hunters can find Lismore garage sales listed in The Northern Rivers Echo on Thursday, 22 September and The Northern Star on Saturday, 24 September, as well as online from today at www.secondhandsaturday.com.au.
There will be a second ‘leftovers’ garage sale day on Saturday, 1 October.
Second Hand Saturday is coordinated by North East Waste on behalf of its member councils and is funded by the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative.
The guest speaker at this year’s Tweed Access and Inclusion Awards says she has seen little evidence that Australians had become more accepting or inclusive of people with disability.
Paralympic gold medallist Tracy Barrell, of Tweed Heads, has spent a lifetime teaching people about acceptance and inclusion.
Back in 1992 Ms Barrell, who was born without legs and with one arm, was dual gold medallist in swimming at the Paralympics in Barcelona.
Since then she has become an advocate for people with a disability and has broken many barriers though her determination to be active in mainstream community.
But Ms Barrell feels progress in Australian society has been very slow.
‘That makes initiatives like the Access Awards all the more important, to change attitudes towards people with disability and the roles they can play in community,’ she said.
Attitude and treatment
‘Accessibility is not all about physical ability, it really comes down to attitude and how people treat anyone with disability. In my 42 years, I’ve experienced all sorts of attitudes and it’s been a real rollercoaster life.’
Ms Barrell attended a mainstream school and was very active in family activities such as horse riding and swimming. She joined the local Venturer group and participated in the camping, abseiling, caving and canoeing.
She went on to receive an Order of Australia medal for her contribution to swimming and later forged a career as a project manager, guest speaker and an advocate for people with disability, particularly for Aboriginal communities.
However, she has still personally experienced how difficult it can be for people with disability to get employment.
‘It’s still really hard for them to get a job or to be accepted as a valuable member of the community,’ she said.
‘That’s why it’s really important for these awards to recognise people going above and beyond to ensure everyone can be included.’
Life of adaptation
Ms Barrell, a member of the Bungdurra mob from Gundungurra country at Goulburn, has now started indigenous cultural tours tailored for people with disability.
It is the latest innovation in a life of adaptation, which began when she was 12 months old and she taught herself to use a wheelchair to move around. The skateboard is still her transportation of choice and has become one of her signatures.
However, arguably her source of greatest satisfaction is raising two sons as a single parent.
‘I take pride knowing I am raising two well-adjusted children who have a great ability to accept anyone and everyone,’ she said. ‘Every day I motivate them to be the best they can be, as they see me getting on with life with a smile on my face and my can-do attitude.’
Tweed mayor Katie Milne, said, ‘Tracey’s life is such an inspiration to us all. To have achieved all the things she has is just incredible.’
‘I want to know how she has done it and I encourage everyone to come along to hear her speak...
Australia will continue its air operations in Syria, despite a review into how coalition forces allegedly killed more than 60 Syrian troops in a bombing raid.
RAAF aircraft were involved in air strikes on what was believed to be an Islamic State fighting position in eastern Syria on Sunday.
The strikes were called off when Russian officials told air operations controllers the targets may have been Syrian military personnel. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia regretted the loss of life and injury to Syrian personnel.
“It is a very complex environment and as soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russians that Syrian forces were being affected, the operation discontinued,” he told reporters in New York.
He said it remained to be seen whether it impacted on the already brittle ceasefire. Defence Minister Marise Payne said Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Islamic State.
She said Australia would cooperate with an international review, however operations would continue.
“We will continue in an appropriate and measured way with the international coalition to do what is required, but there has been no hold put on Australia’s activity,” she said in Sydney on Monday.
“Our commitment is to eliminate the threat of Daesh.”
She said Australia was seeking an end to hostilities, access for humanitarian aid and a path to a political solution in Syria.
The minister declined to say what Australian aircraft were involved, but it is known the RAAF operations involve Super Hornet bombers, a refuelling aircraft and a Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft.
RAAF personnel would not be exposed to any legal action as the target had been assessed as legitimate under the laws of armed conflict, Senator Payne said.
A Pentagon spokesman said Russian officials had not voiced any concerns about the operation, in the Dayr Az Zawr area, when first notified of it.
Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the loss of Syrian soldiers is tragic but the greater tragedy would be letting Islamic State extremists win.
“We have to make sure we beat these people.” Australia Strategic Policy Institute director Peter Jennings said he did not recall a similar incident over the past two years.
“We’ve been extremely careful over two years to make sure that we don’t engage in any strikes which lead to civilian deaths or the deaths of non-combatants.”
He said a communications failure was the likely cause, as the Russians had issued their advice half an hour into the air strikes.
“I think this is the result of the lack of trust which seems to be created between the Russians and in particular the US right now.
“We have come to the end of the ceasefire as a viable moment in the war.”
The Greens and South Australian senator Nick Xenophon have called for a separate, independent review into Australia’s role.
“We need to know what went wrong and why because if we don’t learn from the mistakes of this botched operation then there is a risk it may be repeated,” Senator Xenophon said.
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie said it was in the publ...
Hot on the heels of a much talked-about BIGSOUND performance and still riding a wave of momentum from this year’s mammoth WACO tour with Dune Rats and Violent Soho, Bundaberg’s favourite sons, DZ Deathrays, are back with a new single and fresh tour dates.
‘Pollyanna’ is the latest killer number from the Queensland duo, who are now set to hit the road this December for their biggest headline tour to date, playing a string of all ages and 18+ shows around the country with their good mate Ecca Vandal.
Ecca Vandal hit the stage with DZ Deathrays during BIGSOUND for a raucous performance of the Beastie Boys classic ‘Sabotage’. Everyone who was there agreed it was a highlight of the conference and everyone who wasn’t was having some serious FOMO.
The band’s latest Australian tour also comes just weeks after they announced a co-headline tour of North America and Europe with buddies Dune Rats. Rest assured, the pair’s live chops will be sharper than ever when they make their way back to Aussie shores.
Check below for all the dates and details.
Friday, 9th December 2016
The Triffid, Brisbane (AA)
Saturday, 10th December 2016
YMCA HQ, Leedervile (Under 18s)
Saturday, 10th December 2016
Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth (18+)
Thursday, 15th December 2016
The Factory, Sydney (AA)
Friday, 16th December 2016
Uni Bar, Adelaide (AA)
Saturday, 17th December 2016
The Croxton, Melbourne (Under 18s)
Saturday, 17th December 2016
The Croxton, Melbourne (18+)
A Byron Bay resort has been named one of the 25 coolest on the planet, according to Forbes magazine. It’s in rarefied company, with only one other Aussie resort included.
The winner is the new Elements of Byron resort, which shares the accolade with the Old Clare Hotel in Sydney.
It has been a good month for the beachfront resort, which was also shortlisted in the hotel design category of this year’s SBID (Society of British Interior Design) International Design Awards.
Entries were received from 43 countries and the Elements of Byron interior design is the only Australasian finalist selected by the technical panel of judges in this category. The awards are one of the most prestigious recognitions of excellence in the interior design industry.
Elements also received a highly commended award in the hotel interior design category at the 2016 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, held in Sydney on Friday 2nd September.
‘It’s lovely to receive accolades from the design and hotel industries’ said Elements’ GM Michael Skinner. ‘These go to the team that planned and designed the resort over six years and to our amazing staff, most of whom come from the local area’.
Interior designer Rowena Cornwell worked closely with local artists to bring the vision for the resort to life.
‘Byron Bay is such an exciting place’ said Ms Cornwell.
‘There is a strong entrepreneurial youth culture. I wanted to create environments that were sexy, with a sophisticated edge but still very accessible’.
Mullumbimby Artist Noel Hart spent months studying species found on the property to produce four layered oil-paint, pigment and charcoal-on-jute paintings to adorn the private dining room. Celebrating the four unique ecologies on the site – eucalypt, wetland, rainforest and dunal – the paintings are reinterpreted in works throughout the 94 villas.
The black cockatoo, a strong totem for Elements of Byron, is acknowledged through five blown glass works by Noel Hart in the lobby.
Nominations have opened for candidates in the Tweed Shire Council election, which will be held on Saturday
, October 29. Nominations close at 12pm on Wednesday September 28.
The election, which was set for 10 September along with most other NSW shires, was postponed following the death of candidate Ken Nicholson.
Under the Local Government Act all nominations had to be cancelled and a new election called.
All candidates who nominated for the failed September 10 election will need to renominate for the October 29 poll.
As well as voting for the seven councillors for the period 2016 – 2020, voters will be asked – through a constitutional referendum – if they support an increase in the number of Councillors from seven to nine. If there is majority support for the proposal, the changes will take effect from the 2020 Local Government Election.
The election is being conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission on behalf of the council.
A special website has been set up for the Tweed Shire Council election, which is www.elections.nsw.gov.au/elections/tweed_shire_council_election_29_october_2016 If you wish to nominate as a candidate, you must first register through this website.
Other key dates:
Monday 17 October – Pre-polling and postal vote applications open
Friday 21 October – Registration of electoral material closes
Monday 24 October – Postal vote applications close
Friday 28 October – Pre-poll voting closes
Saturday 29 October – Election day
Voting is compulsory for Australian citizens aged 18 and over who are resident in the Tweed Shire Local Government area.
For more information – including pre-poll locations – see www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/election
by Jonathan Azaziah
Weekend massacre executed against Syrian troops atop Deir Ezzor’s Thardeh Mountain now looks like some kind of a murderous colonialist get-together as Australia, the UK and Denmark have all admitted their role in the unspeakable atrocity. Their statements on the crime read just about identically, with each respective Imperialist stain on humanity claiming that they, like the American regime, didn’t “intend” to hit the SAA, that they “regret” what took place and that they offer their “sincere condolences” to the families of the innocent souls whom they had butchered. The reason why this, also like Washington’s bullshit, does not hold even the weight of a termite, is because these are some of the bloodiest regimes to ever grace the stage of geopolitics.
The Australian settler regime wiped out hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people and played a key role in the overthrow of Indonesian revolutionary Sukarno as well as the Suharto coup regime’s aggression against Eastern Timor. Canberra is also in thick with the usurping Zionist entity and its intelligence services and foreign affairs institutions have literally been outsourced to the Mossad, making it complicit in every criminal act ‘Israel’ carries out. Not to mention, Australia has allowed large numbers of Takfiris to flock to Syria in service of the Oded Yinon balaknization agenda. Denmark, for its part, once ran a hideous colonialist empire, with colonies of theft and mass murder in Africa, India and notably, the Caribbean, where the Jewish-dominated Danish West India Trading Company ran cruel schemes of slave-trading and sugar-thieving. And Britain? Does one really need to enumerate how many countries that the London ZOG colonized, raped and ruined at the height of its colonialist dominance? How much suffering that the London ZOG has inflicted–and continues to inflict–on the entire Global South? As Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei once remarked, the British regime is the “most evil” of all the Western powers. Thus, such regimes cannot feel “regrets”. Such regimes cannot offer “condolences”. Because such regimes are inhuman.
Mark it down and adjust the narrative ladies and gentlemen: Syria and its Hizbullahi, Iranian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Russian allies are not just fighting a foreign mercenary invasion, with terrorists descending upon Bilad al-Sham from 100 different countries. They aren’t merely battling the Najdi-Dönmeh-originated, Khaleeji-financed backwardness of Wahhabi-Takfirism. They are in fact standing their ground and defending the Syrian Arab Republic against a unified colonialist alliance, the likes of which has never been seen before at any other point in history, as this Old Joint Colonialist Conglomerate is attempting to manifest its supremacist bloodlust into a New Zio-Imperialist World Order spearheaded by ‘Israel’ and its main ZOG, i.e. Washington.
Makes the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army soldiers on Thardeh Mountain that much more heroic; that much more significant; and that much more inspiring, doesn’t it? These men didn’t die to “prop up a regime”. They didn’t give their lives to simply fight “Islamists”. They didn’t depart this world to “serve a dictator”. And they sure as hell didn’t fall whilst “repressing a revolution”. They were martyred,...
In preparation for the warmer months Osprey Spa at Elements of Byron has a suite of special events and treatments to help us feel our best.
Open since February as a sanctuary for wellness within Byron Bay’s new world class beachfront resort Elements of Byron, Osprey Spa comprises five therapy suites with private courtyard gardens, including a couples suite with double shower and round outdoor stone bathing tub. There is a stillness and recovery zone, a light filled mani pedi courtyard, an Issada make up station and a retail space where you can sample or purchase natural treats like Dr Jean D Laing’s hydraceutical range developed for LaGaia and Issada’s treatment make-up range.
Designed by Rowena Cornwell from Coop Creative, the Spa features giant pots aged under the Aegean Sea from the set of the upcoming Pirates of the Carribean Dead Men Tell No Tales movie and custom built timber furniture reflective of driftwood on the adjacent beach. “The palette is bleached and sun kissed” outlined Cornwell. “Overlaid with a soft pinky haze like the sunset across Belongil Beach”. And with a menu covering pranayama and meditation, yoga, crystal bowl healing, make-up application, a plethora of massage, body therapy and facial treatments and spa rituals such as Soul Temple and Oceanic Destress, Osprey Spa has become a destination in itself for locals and visitors to Byron Bay.
On Friday 23rd September join Australian mineral make up label Issada for make up Masterclasses at Osprey Spa. The focus will be on creating a fresh daytime look using techniques of contouring, highlighting, bronzing and face sculpting to achieve complexion perfection. Classes will run for 90 minutes at 1:30pm, 3:00pm and 4:30pm. Sip champagne, nibble on cheese platters and learn from those in the know. A booking fee of $45 is required however this fee is redeemable upon purchase of Issada product on the day. Loved by women who value the health of their skin including Angelina Jolie, Oprah, Naomi Watts and Gwyneth Paltrow, Issada contains pharmaceutical grade minerals, organic botanicals, collagen and peptides to treat the skin.
For Osprey Spa bookings and enquiries contact 66391555 or email@example.com
|Liberal Senator for WA and Minister for Women embracing Senator Hanson after her first speech in the Senate|
Rally at 1.30pm. This Sunday 25 September 2016, Martin Place (Railway Station outside MLC Centre), Sydney City.
Rally at 1:30pm
This Sunday 25 September 2016
Martin Place (railway
outside MLC Centre)
HANDS OFF SYRIA strongly condemn the recent massacre of at
least 62 Syrian soldiers (and another 100 wounded) in Deir al Zour,
US and Australian governments have admitted the soldiers were killed on the 17th of September by a joint operation carried out by the US air force in collusion with the Australian military. The martyred Syrian soldiers were guarding a military fortification
used as a base for repelling attacks by the Islamic State death-squads who completely surround the city.
People across the world are finding it extremely hard to believe that this attack was a "mistake" or an "accident".
Why? Because these actions are entirely consistent with US-led attempts to topple the Syrian government by covertly (or in this case overtly) supporting their enemies - these policies have resurrected Al Qaeda and its offshoots
Whether the massacre was â€˜accidentalâ€™ or deliberate should be determined by an independent war crimes tribunal. Assertion by the perpetrators, â€˜sorry, we didnâ€™t mean itâ€™, is completely inadequate.
1. We demand that Australia remove itself from the alliance of predatory nations currently waging this proxy-war against the Syrian government.
2. We demand that Australia reestablish diplomatic relations with the Syrian government who by all accounts represent the will of the majority of the Syrian people.
3. We demand that Australia lift the crippling economic sanctions on Syria that are blocking normal trade, finance and the diaspora from supporting their families at home.
WHEN: Sunday, 25th of September, at 1.30pm
WHERE: Martin Place, outside the MLC centre
Hundreds enjoyed Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School’s Spring Fair on Saturday. Performance, crafts, workshops and food kept everyone thoroughly entertained.
Oscar, in the Wishing Tree.
To young to remeber Scott McKenzie, but not too young to enjoy having flowers in their hair.
Frankie and Coco, creating with colour.
Corrina head gardening.
The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke, which featured on the latest edition of Four Corners, is already making progress in the community, and is demonstrating how justice reinvestment approaches can reduce prison populations, save money and build stronger communities.
Sarah Hopkins, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW and Managing Solicitor, Justice Projects at the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT says: “We cannot afford to keep doing what we’re doing. The social and economic costs are too high. A smarter approach is urgently needed – and that is what justice reinvestment provides.”
Since 2013, Just Reinvest NSW has been working in partnership with the Bourke community to develop a justice reinvestment framework. The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is the first major justice reinvestment project in Australia.
“What is different about what is happening in Bourke is that decisions about what needs to happen aren’t being made in Sydney or in regional offices. They are being made on the ground in Bourke. Community leaders have made decisions about what needs to happen, informed by data and research, and most importantly, broad community input.,” Hopkins says.
Justice reinvestment recognises that there is a strong correlation between areas of disadvantage and high rates of young people coming into contact with the criminal justice system. It is a smarter approach to justice that builds stronger communities by redirecting money that would be spent on prisons into community services and supports. It is about addressing the underlying causes of crime and preventing it from happening in the first place.
“We are in the early stages, and there isn’t a magic wand, but there is a shift. We are seeing optimism, and a real sense of momentum. I encourage people to watch Four Corners online, share this story with their networks and get behind this important initiative. We need to spread the word about justice reinvestment and demand meaningful change,” Hopkins says.
Prof. Tom Calma AO, a supporter of the Bourke project and a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW says: “The beauty of justice reinvestment is that it doesn’t require additional funding; it is just a more efficient and smarter use of money already allocated to corrections. It also ensures that the community is involved and committed to not only taking ownership of the problem, but also ownership of the solutions. Importantly, it has been proven to work.”
“The time has come for a smarter approach. We need a dedicated focus on reducing incarceration, including addressing social and cultural determinants of incarceration, from all levels of government, and done so in real partnership with communities. The time has come for a roll out of justice reinvestment initiatives across Australia,” Prof. Calma says.
Just Reinvest NSW is calling on the NSW Government to develop and implement a justice reinvestment policy. In particular, we are calling for the NSW Government to:
Several locally-based corporate bizjets have been noted flying
in and out of some Central Queensland Airports over the last few
On Sunday 18 September at Hamilton Island Airport, Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW visited once again, this time calling in from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane. Also arriving into Hamo was GSA Industries Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601 bizjet VH-NSB. It touched down from Melbourne (Essendon). While it appears that Marcplan Charter Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT departed Hamilton Island Airport for Essendon also on Sunday 18 September after it had arrived from there on Thursday 15 September.
Kevin Bloody Wilson Club Mullum Fri 23 Sept – 8pm (Rated R 18+)
It can’t be ignored that the sometimes crude and often vulgar Kevin Bloody Wilson is an international star. Some say no-one tells Australian stories better – “The world’s funniest Australian” Billy Connolly “I love Kev. My favourite is Livin’ Next Door To Alan.” Paul Hogan “Hello John, is the funniest song I’ve ever heard in my entire radio career.” John Laws
Without traditional media support, all of Kevin Bloody Wilson’s albums and DVDs have achieved Gold Sales status globally, with many reaching Platinum, and one, ‘Kev’s Back’, awarded an amazing quadruple Platinum. Ironically, twenty-five years ago, Kevin Bloody Wilson was arrested for performing his songs in public, yet on Australia Day in January 2010, he was officially nominated for Australian Of The Year for doing exactly the same thing.
Don’t miss your chance to see Kevin Bloody Wilson in your own back yard – Club Mullum @ The Ex-services, Friday 23 September, 8pm. Tickets $55 available now online at www.clubmullum.com and at the door.
The iPhone 7 is now available for sale in Australia. The flagship Sydney store kicked off a day of rolling launches around the globe.
We've taught them to move like humans, play games like humans, and now, robots are experiencing one of the last true joys of being a real person: queuing!
A phalanx of mini robots were among the first in the world to get their metal claws on the brand new iPhone 7 when it launched in New Zealand on Friday. Thanks to the country's proximity to the international dateline, NZ got a few hours' head start on Australia's early launch, and the Kiwis weren't going to pass up that opportunity, using robots to spruik the iPhone launch.
[...] This year, New Zealand carrier Spark used 100 Alpha 1 robots, created by Chinese company UBtech, to stand in line on behalf of customers. Each robot was controlled with a phone app and programmed to dance and move, and they were also fitted out to live-stream the queue.
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Some of Sydney’s most notable artists and musicians have banded together to give a big F-U to the pokies. The Whitlams chief Tim Freedman, One Day-er Joyride, and more will help launch the new Proudly Pokies Free campaign with a one-off gig at the Oxford Art Factory.
“It’s time for the young people of Sydney to learn about the scale and harm of the pokies and to make better informed decisions regarding their nights out,” said Tom Lawrence, director of the Proudly Pokies Free campaign, in a statement.
“The pokies have become an unnecessary fixture of the Australian pub and we want to promote an alternative vision for our nightlife, one that thrives on innovation, live music and true hospitality.”
Proudly Pokies Free draws attention to and celebrates venues in Sydney who’ve decided to ditch or avoid the pokies, whilst highlighting and reducing “the massive harm that pokies cause in Australian communities”.
“I’m proud to be involved with the Proudly Pokies Free movement to hopefully encourage a mindset that rewards and encourages venues that show imagination in programming and curating their activities,” said Freedman.
“It’s time for the people of Sydney to push back against the pokies.” The Proudly Pokies Free campaign launch event will also feature appearances from Wild Honey, electronic duo Left., and Bad Deep DJs, as well as secret guests and special speakers.
Bad Deep DJs
Plus: Secrets Guests & Guest Speakers
Sunday, 23rd October 2016
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Josh Pyke and Bob Evans, two of Australia’s best-loved singer-songwriters, have announced a national co-headline tour which will take them around the country from the tail-end of November into December, with plenty of regional and major city stops along the way.
Kicking off at The Gov in Adelaide on 24th November, Evans and Pyke will be taking their respected discographies through Mannum, Dunsborough, Perth, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, and Belgrave, before finishing up in Melbourne.
It’s been 10 years since the first Evening with Josh and Bob tour and each performer is looking forward to honouring the milestone. “That first Evening with Josh and Bob ten years ago was a fairly rudimental affair in retrospect,” said Evans.
“We were both very much still finding our feet. Now, we have higher professional standards to which we hold ourselves and those bawdy jokes of a burgeoning bromance have developed in to, well, bawdy dad jokes. Bah, who am I kidding? We’re not that different 10 years on.”
Tickets for the reunion will go on pre-sale on 9am Wednesday, 21st September and will be available to the public at 9am Friday, 23rd September. Check below for all the dates and ticketing details.
Thursday, 24th November 2016
The Gov, Adelaide
Friday, 25th November 2016
The Pretoria, Mannum
Saturday, 26th November 2016
Clancys Fishpub, Dunsborough
Sunday, 27th November 2016
Live At The Orchard, Perth
Friday, 2nd December 2016
Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane
Saturday, 3rd December 2016
Solbar, Sunshine Coast
Sunday, 4th December 2016
Soundlounge, Gold Coast
Thursday, 8th December 2016
48 Watt St, Newcastle
Friday, 9th December 2016
The Factory, Sydney
Saturday, 10th December 2016
The Street Theatre, Canberra
Thursday, 15th December 2016
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
Friday, 16th December 2016
Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Brisbane reggae stalwarts Kingfisha are back with their second album Offered It Up, having kept us waiting a long time since their 2012 self-titled debut record put them squarely on the map.
After such a long interval that’s seen the band touring internationally, it’s good to have them back – and the band are glad to have the album out after a lengthy recording process.
“We tried some different approaches from our first album,” the band say of the new record. “We worked with some new people and the production feels a step up. It wasn’t the easiest of processes, but to hear it as one piece of work, we’re all really happy with how it’s come together.” For a few more tidbits, they’ve also given us their thoughts on each of the tracks, below.
You can listen to Offered It Up below, and catch it live as Kingfisha head out on tour at the end of the month, dates below. The album is available now on ABC Music.
This is one of our few political tunes. It started out as a really slow one drop, then we changed the beat added horns and revamped it heaps in the rehearsal room
The descending vocal melody had been an ear worm for a few months and wasn’t really going anywhere until I was on a flight to Hobart with an old acquaintance and the lyrics and theme became quite apparent. Upon returning to Brisbane we spent a few hours in the studio and ‘Dirty Man’ was complete.
Incorporating both our strong loves, electronic and roots music. Left it was originally conceived at a sunny afternoon bbq. Lyrically the song is about one of those rare relationships that ends amicably.
The verse melody came from our sound guy yawning. From there their was no turning back.
This track is heavily inspired by one of our favourite and widely unknown reggae bands Midnite. It’s one of the slower jams in our repertoire.
This song took along time to get right in the studio. Feels like we got there in the end. It’s our take on UK Steppers.
The melodies and chords came to life the morning after an amazing night we all shared in Reunion Island drinking rum and watching Manu Chao. The lyrics and the rest of the song was finished in a farmhouse in southern France.
Was built from the rhythm up. We spent a weekend in the northern rivers swimming, eating and playing music. This rhythm really seemed to stick. It was the last tune completed for the album.
This is one of our favourite live tunes. It’s all revolved around the bass line.
The only song on the album that was completed start to finish in the studio. Was a blast having a completely different approach.
30 Sept – The Jack , Cairns QLD
1 Oct – Wallaby Creek Festival QLD
7 Oct – Torquay Hotel, VIC
8 Oct – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
15 Oct – Newtown Social Club, NSW...
Some 30 years after their initial disbanding, Aussie post-punk legends The Sunnyboys are getting back together again. The band reformed recently for sold out shows along the East Coast in 2013 and 2014, with a full scale 2015 tour proving fans are still hungry for more.
2017 will see the band reform again, but this time they will be playing their 1981 self-titled debut album in its entirety.
“What a thrill it will be to play our 1st album from start to finish,” says bassist Peter Oxley. “We have never ever done this before. Looking forward to ‘I Can’t Talk to You (reprise)!'”
As if that wasn’t enough for die-hard Sunnyboys fans, Sydney will also be treated to a rare showing of The Flaming Hands and The Shy Impostors as support, the first time all three acts have been on one bill together.
“When Peter Oxley called with the proposition of reforming the Flaming Hands for a gig with the Sunnyboys I jumped at the opportunity,” said Julie Mostyn of The Flaming Hands. “The two bands have a shared history both as friends and as contemporaries that played together in what was a golden era of Australian music.”
Interstate fans wont be missing out either, as the legendary X will be joining the band in Melbourne, while The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson will be playing support in Queensland.
Check out the dates to what will no doubt be the feel good tour of the summer below.
Image credit: Kaye Harrison
Gold Coast, The Nightquarter (only Queensland show)
Special guests: The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson.
Sydney, Enmore Theatre
Special guests: Flaming Hands & Shy Impostors
Melbourne, The Croxton
Special guests: X.
Some of the Australian music world’s biggest names often leave doors of opportunity ajar, just waiting for the right kind of professional music fan to come knocking.
Our regular Music Jobs column is the place where we’ll help you grab the proverbial handle and walk on through, as we take the pain out of scrolling through endless (and sometimes shady) job listings to provide you a selection of killer career opps in the music world.
No free work or internships here, just authentic chances to break into the music industry. So update your CV, brush up your cover letter writing chops, stop dreaming, and start doing what you love for a living.
Full-time / Melbourne, VIC
“UNIFIED is the soundtrack of good people working together to achieve extraordinary results. We exist as an artist services company; giving choice and freedom back to our artists on how they manage their career and music. One such way we achieve this is by creating artist owned and led record labels.
“The newly created position of Recorded Music Manager will oversee our artist led labels including ONETWO (Illy’s label), NLV Records (Nina Las Vegas’ label) and House of Beige (Remi’s label) as well as the other labels in our group – Hopeless Records and UNFD.”
More info can be found here.
Full-time / Melbourne, VIC
“UNIFIED’s newly created Touring Department, UNIFY Presents, was launched in 2016 and already boasts successful tours by artists like Bring Me The Horizon, Slipknot, The Amity Affliction, A Day To Remember, Northlane and many more.
“As the department expands, UNIFIED is looking to hire a co-ordinator to help operate its tours and build the brand awareness and social media strategy.”
More info can be found here.
Full-time / Sydney, NSW
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Work by some of the most significant Indigenous photographers and multimedia artists in the past five years have gone on a show in a travelling exhibition which opened at the Tweed Regional Gallery this week.
The National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) exhibition Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia brings together, according to its director, critically acclaimed artists with emerging talent reflecting the diversity and dynamism of contemporary practice.
NGA chief Gerard Vaughan said that over the past 30 years, the NGA has developed one of the world’s great collections of Indigenous photomedia.
‘Resolution reflects our continued engagement with this vital aspect of contemporary art,’ Mr Vaughan said.
‘The foundations of contemporary Indigenous photography were laid in the late ’80s, with a generation of politicised and provocative artists documenting their experiences of the Bicentennial marking 200 years of European settlement.
‘The last 30 years has seen the emergence of artists who engage critically and thoughtfully with the present and the past and continue to layer their artistic identity with challenges to contemporary culture.’
Resolution will be on display at the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre until 4 December and will travel to Australian venues over the coming 18...
Bluesfest is just around the corner, with a huge line up including the likes of Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith and The Lumineers to name just a few. With tickets to the festival not far off selling out, the crew are announcing sideshows for those fans who can’t quite make it out to Byron Bay next Easter.
Organisers have announced a slew of sideshows along the East Coast for some of Bluesfest’s biggest names, a boon for fans looking for a more personal time with the likes of Patti Smith and her band, The Lumineers, and Bonnie Raitt amongst others.
Check the list of all the currently announced Bluesfest 2017 sideshows below, and keep checking in for more updates, with more dates no doubt soon to be announced.
State Theatre, Sydney Nsw – Sun 9 April 2017
Hamer Hall, Melbourne Vic – Sun 16 April 2017
Sydney Opera House, Sydney Nsw – Mon 17 + Tues 18 April 2017
State Theatre, Melbourne Vic – Wed 19 April 2017
Metro City, Perth Wa – Sat 22 April 2017
State Theatre, Sydney Nsw – Fri 7 April 2017
Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra Act – Sat 8 April 2017
Hamer Hall, Melbourne Vic – Mon 10 April 2017
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC – Sat 8 April 2017 *Two Shows Announced* 4pm + 7.30pm
Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW – Mon 10 April 2017
Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW – Sat 15 April 2017
Melbourne Recital Hall, Melbourne VIC – Tues 18 April 2017
[Updated] Residents of Bangalow’s sleepy Ballina Road are up in arms against four prefabricated dwellings on two subdivisions they say set a shocking precedent in housing approvals.
Referred to by neighbours as ‘horrible structures’ and ‘hideous tin sheds’ the dwellings were erected on former farmland towards the end of the no-through road.
Byron Shire Council approved the buildings at 12 and 14 Ballina Road as two houses and two granny flats, although from the outside they all appear the same.
They front a gravel lane running parallel to the road, each one flanked by a zincalume carport.
According to neighbours the dwellings are each advertised for lease by McGrath for $500 a week.
Local resident David Wood was one of a number of neighbours who sent in submissions regarding the DA for the dwellings, which was approved by council staff.
Residents only found out after the fact that the housing had been approved without them being advised.
Mr Wood added, ‘It took me a long while to get a response. I ended up writing to the mayor, who handed it on to the general manager.’
‘It was only after I wrote to the mayor a second time that I got a response at all.’
A letter dated August 25 from council’s director of sustainable environment and economy, Shannon Burt, confirmed that ‘two separate DAs were lodged last year for a house and secondary dwelling on each property.’
‘These DAs were notified and submissions received including your own’ she wrote.
‘The DAs were presented to Council’s Planning Review Committee who resolved that they be determined under staff delegation. The DAs were subsequently determined.
‘Please note that Council does not send out further notification to persons that made a submission to a DA determined under delegation. Advice to submitters in the acknowledgement letter directs submitters to a web link to the Eservices page to monitor the status and progress of the DA,’ Ms Burt wrote.
But the council’s response failed to mollify Mr Wood, who told Echonetdaily, ‘The development applications relating to the lots clearly state “house and secondary dwelling” – this is not the case.
‘What has been placed on the property are four Colourbond demountable cabins as seen in caravan parks.
‘I understand the need for affordable housing* but this surely does not comply with council standards in that regard. Further to this, For Lease signs have been erected at a rental price of $500 per cabin per week, surely this does not represent affordable housing,’ Mr Wood said.
Indeed Ms Burt confirmed the nature of the construction in a further letter dated September 8, although insisting each consisted of ‘house and secondary dwelling’.
‘The development consent granted is for the construction of a dwelling house, a secondary dwelling, and associated carports on each property.
‘The developer i...
A longtime opponent of a proposed men’s shed to be built in at an isolated sports field at Black Rocks south of Pottsville says giving the facility a five-year licence to operate there is a devastating blow to local koalas.
Tweed shire councillors last Thursday voted to grant the licence to the Pottsville and District Men’s Shed (Inc.) for the use of the area (mayor Katie Milne and deputy mayor Gary Bagnall against).
Black Rocks resident and koala campaigner Dave Norris says the temporary men’s shed would be built just 20 metres from primary koala habitat and 350 metres inside a koala corridor, ‘which is ‘against recommendations by koala expert Dr Steve Phillips and concerns expressed by the Office of Environment and Heritage’.
Mr Norris said that an alternative centrally-located site for the shed in Pottsville on crown land which had recently been canvassed as a possibility for locating the shed was also ignored by councillors supporting the Black Rocks option.
The proposal for the licence was moved by Cr Warren Polglase and seconded by Cr Barry Longland, and supported by Cr Carolyn Byrne.
A proposed amendment by Crs Milne and Bagnall to defer the item until council considered further advice from the lands department over future requirements by the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and State Emergency Service (SES), which use the crown land site, was also defeated along the same 3-2 vote (Crs Milne and Bagnall in the minority).
Cr Milne later also unsuccessfully moved to bring forward a report to the next council meeting on the proposed future use of the Crown land areas behind the existing RFS and SES ‘and the potential of all parties to work together to provide for a site for the Pottsville Men’s Shed in this location’.
She said this was ‘in accordance with council’s previous resolution of 21 August 2014 “to pursue alternative sites”’ including future development or appropriately zoned sites that could accommodate the men’s shed in the longer term on a permanent basis’.
Mr Norris, a Black Rocks resident who for years has campaigned against the shed, is on Cr Milne’s election ticket for the 29 October poll, as her No. 4 candidate. He spoke against the shed at length during public access before last week’s meeting.
Cr Byrne told Echonetdaily the mayor should have abstained from voting on the issue given the conflict of interest with the candidacy. Cr Milne is yet to respond on whether she should have done so.
In 1996 the world bid farewell to Crowded House on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. This November, nearly 20 years to the day, the trans-Tasman band are reforming for two anniversary encore shows on the 25th and 26th of November – their only shows for 2016.
The timing could not be any better, as November will also see the band’s back catalogue reissued in time for their induction into the ARIA hall of fame.
“I am excited to announce two ‘Encore’ performances on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House,” announced Nick Seymour, bassist and founding member of the group. “The shows will mark the 20th anniversary of our break-up concert. ‘Proper order!’
“So please join us for a f*ck off sing song, an off-piste jam session, a toast to absent friends and NO RAIN.”
The band’s back catalogue reissues will come packed with various unreleased material including rareties and demos, all set to be released on November 4th on just about every format you can think of, including 180-gram vinyl, just in time for the shows.
In an interesting pairing, Kirin J. Callinan will be playing support for both nights, Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26, with tickets on sale 10am Monday September 26.
Tweed Shire Council is appealing for public help to stop the ongoing theft of freshly laid turf on roadside verges at Pottsville where a second koala crossing has been built.
Over the past month, the thief has taken up to 10 cubic metres of turf from the Coronation Drive work site three times.
Council crews have completed work on the site, its second Koala Zone in the Tweed, but cannot call the job finished as the thief continues to steal the turf.
Council has asked if anyone sees people acting suspiciously or a vehicle stopped at the work site at night, to take note of the make and model of that vehicle and number plate and report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Council on 02 6670 2400 or after hours on 1800 818 326.
The koala crossing in Coronation Avenue, Pottsville, is the second in the shire branded with the distinctive green and yellow markings.
It has been applied to the new surface of a 300m stretch of road that passes through a low-lying area in Pottsville, separating two known koala habitats along a narrow vegetation corridor.
The decision to install the koala zone coincided with the scheduled upgrade of that section of road.
Council installed its first koala zone on Clothiers Creek Road, Clothiers Creek, in November 2014 and has since collected evidence that shows they do work.
The effectiveness of that zone has been measured via traffic counters recording the speed of motorists.
A council spokesperson said that since installing the branded koala zone, there has been a positive trend of proportionally fewer motorists travelling at speeds above the posted limit: 60 per cent in January 2016 as opposed to 75 per cent before the zone was created.
The Koala Zone branding was paid for via a one-off offset contribution of $50,000 for the removal of some trees in Pottsville by a private developer some years ago.
The road upgrade included construction of a slow point median to force traffic to reduce speed at that critical koala crossing point. The speed limit on the section currently is set at 50kph.
Two solar street lights are yet to be installed to assist motorists to see any koalas that may be on or approaching the road.
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The summer festival season is almost upon us, Falls Festival is just around the corner, and Falls brass are still celebrating their Lorne and Byron Bay events selling out in record time.
With the Marion Bay and Fremantle festivals not far behind, there’s no better time than right now to drop some big-name sideshows on us and that’s exactly what they’ve gone ahead and done.
Organisers have gone and unveiled a whole string of sideshows from some of Falls’s biggest draws, including The Avalanches, Grouplove, Jamie T, and AlunaGeorge, with more incoming.
Check below for the full list of currently announced Falls Festival 2016 sideshows and make sure you keep checking back for more updates as they come.
Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne
Thursday, 5th January 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Saturday, 7th January 2016
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Friday, 6th January 2016
The Corner, Melbourne
Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Friday, 6th January 2016
Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne
Wednesday, 4th January 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Thursday, 5th January 2016
Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne
Wednesday, 4th January 2016
Metro Theatre, Sydney (Lic/AA)
Friday, 6th January 2016
170 Russell, Melbourne
Wednesday, 4th January 2016
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Friday, 6th January 2016
Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
170 Russell, Melbourne
Friday, 6th January 2016
Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tuesday, 3rd January 2016
Metro Theatre, Sydney (AA)
Thursday, 5th January 2016
170 Russell, Melbourne
Friday, 6th January 2016
Newtown Social Club, Sydney
Saturday, 7th January 2016
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
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On Saturday (September 17) police were called out to an unusual rescue after a dog fell over the cliff at Pat Morton Lookout, Lennox Head, onto an inaccessible rock ledge.
About 9.30am (September, 17) Stella the dog was going for a walk along a track at the top of the cliff with her owner.
At a point in time Stella got ‘a little over excited’, according to police and took a wrong turn that resulted in her falling down the headland on to a rock ledge about 10 – 15 metres down.
Stella’s owner contacted 000 and as a result the Ballina SES and the Police Rescue Squad from Lismore were activated.
A short time later, senior constable Stirling abseiled down the cliff and, with a dog harness kindly provided by a member of the public, Stella was lifted and hauled back up the cliff to a very relieved owner.
Duncan Hart recently won an important court action over underpayment of wages as an employee of supermarket giant Coles. He takes aim at his employer, and the union that failed to protect him.
The unprecedented wage theft at Australia’s largest employers, including Coles, Woolworths, Hungry Jack’s, KFC and McDonalds, and the “trade union” which helped to facilitate them, should be nothing less than a national scandal.
Thanks to a lengthy investigation by a group of dedicated reporters and the work of principled unionist Josh Cullinan, we now know the full extent of this theft.
Every roster examined at these large employers shows a majority of workers being paid less than they are entitled to under the federal workplace award.
The scale of this wage theft means roughly 250,000 workers (at least!) are receiving less than the supposed legal minimum- the award “safety net” upon which enterprise agreements are supposed to rest.
In monetary terms we are talking hundreds of millions of dollars every year finding its way into the pockets of corporate giants, rather than low wage workers.
Yet the problem is not new, and not confined to the latest round of enterprise agreements negotiated by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA), the retail and fast food union.
Actually, we’re talking about 20-plus years, and billions of dollars lost to workers, thanks to the collaboration of the SDA and employers, since enterprise bargaining replaced centralised wage fixing in the early 90’s.
The SDA, and the employers, went into negotiations for enterprise agreements with eyes wide open about their purpose – they wanted to undermine penalty rates for weekends and night work in exchange for a higher base rate of pay.
In a 1999 interview with Woolworths’ National Employee Relations Manager, six years after the first agreement was signed between the company and the SDA, he explained that Woolies had estimated an 8 per cent saving on their total wages bill by moving from the award to the union agreement.
This first Agreement instated the all-too-familiar set-up for today’s retail and fast food giants – the total scrapping of penalty rates on Saturdays and between 6pm and midnight Monday through Friday, and a reduction of the Sunday rate.
This has been the model for every subsequent agreement signed between the SDA, and the employers able to strike a deal with it. Only now has there been an accounting of what this cost workers.
The recently revealed wage theft that has been facilitated by the SDA stretches back to the early 1990’s, but looking at retail wages even further reveals just how bad it is.
In 1974, on the back of strikes involving thousands of retail workers, the SDA – just before it was taken over by its current faction – achieved a NSW state award with an hourly rate for shop assistants of $19.57 in today’s dollars.
This hourly rate remains higher than the hourly rate as laid out in the modern award, which since July 2016 sits at $19.44 an hour.
By 1974, all the important features that still hang on in the modern award, such as penalty rates for night work and weekends and four weeks annual leave, were all established. Equal pay was only entirely introduced into the industry in the same year.
That’s the stark reality of the situation for retail and fast food workers today – our award entitlements today have not increased since the achievement of equal pay in 1974, 42 years ago.
And the SDA’s strategy of undermining award conditions for increases to the base rate of pay have left the majority of us earning less than our legal entitlements, even as those entitlements have stagnated.
As a union movement, we have to look reality in the face and learn the lessons of our past. The last 20 and more years have been years of betrayal for retail workers in this country....
A car crashed into a tree and burst into flames after driving over a police officer’s foot during a pursuit on Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police were patrolling Shirley Street at about 3.30am (Saturday September 17), when they tried to stop a Subaru Liberty being driven without headlights.
They allege the vehicle drove off, reaching an estimated 100km/h in a 50km zone.
Police initiated a pursuit and followed the vehicle to Skinners Shoot Road where the car stopped in a driveway and turned around.
As police approached the car, it allegedly accelerated again, running over a police officer’s foot. The officer was not injured.
Police lost sight of the car but it was located a short time later crashed into trees nearby with flames coming from the engine bay.
The driver, a 26-year-old man, was pulled from the vehicle by police via the driver’s side window and the fire was extinguished.
The driver was taken by NSW Ambulance Paramedics to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment to a number of injuries as well as mandatory blood and urine tests.
Cheeky Melbourne-based indie garage band The Pretty Littles create wistful, slow-burning, lo fi tunes to sing along with your mates to. With two albums already under their belt, the band have been releasing music since 2011. The Pretty Little’s third album Soft Rock For The Anxious came out on September 2, showcasing the latest Littles single ‘Sleeping In Water’.
No stranger to political controversy, in June the band called out television personality Eddie McGuire and Sam Newman for their gendered remarks on sports journalist Caroline Wilson, with ‘Sam’s Mob‘. A song about disappointment with the status quo, it highlights the comments that were “innately violent and a gross insight into the redneck majority of Australia”.
The Pretty Littles kick off their Soft Rock For The Anxious album tour on October 22. Check out ‘Sleeping In Water’ below:
WHO: The Pretty Littles
WHAT: Soft Rock For The Anxious Album Tour
WHERE: Wollongong, Manly, Sydney
WHEN: 3-5th November
HOW MUCH: $12 more info here
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Reduced speed zones on the famed Oxley Highway have prompted outrage from riders and sparked a petition to reverse and stop the spread of reduced speed zones along the NSW route.
The petition over the “ridiculous” speed changes has been started by Wauchope resident Ken Healey after reading about it on Motorbike Writer last week.
“I live in Wauchope and ride the Oxley highway to Gingers Creek every Sunday and have done so for 15 years,” he says.
“I first heard of these changes, as ‘proposed changes’ maybe four years ago at a community event at the golf club. Now, out of nowhere, the changes are taking effect.
“They gave us no warning. No published ads or TV or radio ads, nothing. There was no formal notification. Just the neon signs that have only been there a few days at most.”
Ken has addressed his petition to the Roads and Maritime Minister Duncan Gay and each time a rider signs it, an email alert will be sent to the Minister’s office.“I and probably thousands of others are cheesed off to say the least.”
The Oxley Highway joins several other great motorcycle roads in Australia with reduced speed limits in an apparent effort to reduce motorcycle crashes. The infamous list includes Mt Glorious Rd, The Great Ocean Rd, The Putty Rd, Bells Line Of Road and The Great Northern Rd.
A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson says speed zones will change at three locations in the 30km stretch between Wauchope and Long Flat “to improve safety for all road users”.
“The need for these speed zone changes were identified in the Oxley Highway Route Safety Review.”
The reduced speed zones include an 80km/h zone dropping to 60km/h near Wauchope and the 100km/h zone near Long Flat reduced to 60km/h.
Over the next year, they are expected to extend up into the mountains with the 100km/h reduced to 70km/h and the 110km/h out to Walcha reduced to 100km/h.
While the reduced speed zones may not slow traffic, they will increase the level of fines for those who ride the highway at the same speed they do now.
Veteran motorcycle journo Mick Matheson says the Oxley Highway is a road all riders should travel at least once in their lives. (See his video below.)...
Boomerang Festival, Bundjalung country’s very own world-class Indigenous arts & culture festival, is launching a series of satellite events to raise awareness and funds for its long-term future.
Boomerang Festival launched successfully in 2013 only to be hit with cuts to funding for both arts and Indigenous programming for the east coast of Australia, putting it on indefinite hiatus. Boomerang needs upwards of $800,000 to become a stand-alone festival once again, and a minimum of $200,000 each time it presents at Bluesfest.
Last year, Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM and Boomerang Festival Director Rhoda Roberts AO joined forces to present a Boomerang Festival precinct at Bluesfest to increase audience awareness, and provide access to the profound and beautiful culture of our First Nations people.
The ultimate goal for Rhoda and Peter is to make Boomerang
Festival the foremost Indigenous arts and culture festival in the
world. The ambition is huge, but Peter, Rhoda and their team
believe the time is right and Australia is ready to step out on the
world stage and become known as the destination for authentic and
quality Indigenous cultural exchanges.
The Northern Rivers and greater community agree, and in a mammoth exercise, a large and diverse group of business and community leaders are uniting with Boomerang and each other, to achieve this goal, together as a community.
Local businesses and individuals are standing side by side with Boomerang, building an exciting, rich program of events that focus on creating access to Aboriginal culture and knowledge, and celebrating a united future together as country.
Boomerang Director Rhoda Roberts says “These businesses are renowned for their standard of excellence, and that they want to partner with us is truly exciting, because excellence is what we stand for too. It’s about sharing and working together to truly close the gap. This is the future of what partnerships looks like, and we’re leading the change right here on my country. It means so much”.
The program is hosted by The Yoga Shack, The Three Blue Ducks, Harvest Newrybar, Earth House Clunes, Byron @ Byron Resort & Spa, Lennox Community Centre, Byron Community Theatre, Byron Bay Tuesday Men’s Club, Ben Knight Photography, Photo Fox Den Lismore, Gold Coast Suns, PS Music, and supported by many others including SAE Qantum, George & Kirsty Negus, Dhinawan, Delta Kay, Rob Appo of Tweed Shire Council, Common Ground, Australian Good Food Guide, Virgin Australia, Jessica Howard, Abbie Gibson, Jim Beatson, and many more.
Jeff Bennett of The Three Blue Ducks, says “We’re so proud to be able to support the Boomerang Festival and help raise awareness of Aboriginal art and culture. It’s great that Bluesfest has given it a home and if 2016 was anything to go by, then 2017 is bound to be another amazing display of cultural performances from around the world”.
Whilst we work toward Boomerang becoming its own event again, Bluesfest is committed to hosting it and building support each year until we achieve our goal. But it cannot proceed without adequate funding. Rather than waiting for government support, were inviting the community to join us making this happen together.
Let’s all work together and make Bundjalung the example of how we work together to affect positive change as an entire nation. Boomerang invites you to the series that will educate, entertain, and enlighten, all throughout our great region, throughout the year.
Details of each event will be released through the year, and information will be available via www.boomerangfestival.com.au
In addition to attending the events, you can donate any amount you chose on the homepage of www.boomerangfestival.com.au or at the time of purchasing your Bluesfest 2017 tickets via...
With a huge line up of amazing films on offer
these school holidays and a program full of free activities
each day, there has never been a better time to visit your
local Event Cinemas during the school break.
To keep boredom at bay during the holidays, your local Event, Greater Union or BCC cinema will be hosting a school holiday program full of free activities. The fantastic program includes: face painting, colouring-in, the opportunity to make an origami dog or cat, craft your own Storks mask or a dragon tooth necklace and much more! Activities run each day of the school holidays (excluding Tuesdays) – be sure to pick up a calendar for activities and times at your local cinema.
“We are delighted to offer families such a great day out at the movies. Not only do the kids get to watch a terrific family-friendly film, but can have fun in one of the wonderful workshops available.” – Richard Morgan, General Manager of Event Cinemas Bondi
There are a number of phenomenal movies on offer these school holidays including those loveable and cheeky pets in The Secret Life of Pets. For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.
Another must-see movie these school holidays is the reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film Pete’s Dragon. For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace, who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete. Pete is a mysterious 10year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie, an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack owns the local timber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.
For thousands of years, the land that Sydney Opera House is built on was a gathering place for the Gadigal and Eora people who danced and sang here. This October, Homeground celebrates the very best First Nations artists with free music, dance, food, workshops and markets over two big days.
During October 8th and 9th, artists from the very heart of Australia as well as from all around the world show their different contributions to this extraordinary event. Featured musicians include East Journey, the winners of the 2015 NT Song of the Year (Rock category), Dubmarine, the 15-year-old Mi-Kaisha Masella of Aboriginal and Tongan heritage, who already wowed audiences on The Voice Kids, and many more. Click HERE to find out more about the event’s music.
In terms of dance, the program offers a variety of interesting groups and single dancers, including Amrita Hepi and the Aboriginal Dancing groups Naisda and Naygayiw Gigi. Click HERE to see all performers.
But the best is yet to come: Dance Rites, the Sydney Opera House’s groundbreaking Indigenous dance competition, returns this year with even more communities across Australia preparing to compete on Sunday 9 October from 5 to 7 pm. A highlight of the Homeground program, Dance Rites aims to safeguard and revitalise vanishing cultural practices – language, dance, skin markings and instruments – to ensure they are shared from one generation to the next. In 2015, the standard of performance was incredibly high – convince yourself:
Moreover, Homeground offers free weaving and dancing workshops: A great option for both children and adults to connect to the country and its original inhabitants themselves. No bookings required, just show up! The Homeground Arts Market and a food menu created specifically for Homeground by Clayton Donovan, Australia’s most acclaimed and only hatted Indigenous chef, complete the event.
What: Homeground festival
When: Saturday, 8 October and Sunday, 9 October
Where: Sydney Opera House
To register for free tours and Collisions and for more information, visit the website.
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Back by very popular demand, Mic Conway’s National Junk Band presents the third edition of their fabulous new show “Vaudevillia”. Yet again “Everything new will be old again!” with new guests, fresh tunes, and some very well-honed one liners and magical happenings.
The show is based on the old Vaudeville program, originally from Paris, that became popular in the 19th century and intermingles segments of music, magic, dance, comedy, sight acts and more. As a 21st Century recreation of Vaudeville atmosphere and charm, the Junk Band have created a recipe for mirth, mayhem and madness, with special guests as stunning and startling additions to the bizarre and prodigious talents exhibited by members of the Junk Band.
The show’s special guests are the extraordinary tap dancer Glenn Wood and the spiffy circus juggler Rosalita Ole. Rosalita is the daughter of the great Ole Circus Family and brings you as much talent as she can fit into one tiny stage. Hold your breath, and let Rosalita hold your heart, as she tickles your sides with bogus fortunes, dazzling hat tricks and daring hula hoop stunts.
Who: Mic Conway’s National Junk Band, Glenn Wood, Rosalita Ole
When: Sunday, 2 October 2016 7:30 pm
Where: Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
CLICK HERE to buy tickets
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The first of only two Horizons Unlimited meetings in Australia this year is being held this weekend in Western Australia with an East Coast meeting in November.
The meetings are designed to provide advice from real-world travellers to other adventurers on everything from first-aid to motorcycle maintenance, GPS advice, photography, camping and much more.
The Horizons Unlimited fourth Western Australia Travellers Meeting is being held at Fairbridge Village (near Pinjarra) from this Friday to Sunday (September 16-18, 2016).
The East Coast meeting is at Jindabyne, NSW, from Friday, November 18, to Sunday, November 20.
Apart from talks, demonstrations, workshops, discussion groups, challenges and competitions, there will also be inspiring films of adventurous worldwide travels.
Horizons Unlimited was founded by Canadians Susan and Grant Johnson in 1997 at the end of an around-the-world trip on a BMW R 80 GS.
Susan told us they wanted to “inspire people to go a little further, to inform them about all the things to do and to make contact with other people who travel”.
The Johnsons have been living in Australia for eight years and are now naturalised Australians.
Craig Dermody is a Melbourne-based singer-songwriter who has played under the Scott & Charlene’s Wedding moniker since 2010, the year of their debut LP Paravista Social Club. Featuring Dermody’s heart-felt outpouring and a brand of jangling guitar-pop that recalled the likes of The Velvet Underground, The Go-Betweens and the more direct members of the Flying Nun catalogue, Paravista Social Club was an instant classic, and a record that has since proven difficult to surpass.
While 2013’s Any Port in a Storm helped bring the band
an overseas audience (which they catered to by releasing a
compilation of sorts in 2014’s Back on the Tools) it
didn’t set out to expand their range so much as it did solidify the
statement of intent made with their debut. Their most recent record
Mid Thirties Single Scene is their third formal LP, and
has the band continuing on this path. The formula features
Dermody’s everyman vocal and excitable open chords meeting Gill
Tucker’s (Beaches) stand-out guitar playing and is filled out by a
band made up of some of the best guns for hire in the country.
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding are a great band by anyone’s standards, and there are some S&CW classics on this record. ‘Hardest Years’ is a pearler, ‘Scrambled Eggs’ a tear-jerker and ‘Bush’ is the record’s best - but is ‘Delivered’ a Nathan Roche or an Alex Chilton song? The problem with any of the post-Paravista releases has been repetition. The band has evolved to become its best iteration yet (bring on the Gill Tucker Band), but the lyrical sentiment hasn’t changed much, and maybe there’s something to that. On a record called Mid Thirties Single Scene, why shouldn’t we be shown that problems keep recurring and people don’t change?
Mid Thirties Single Scene is a hard one to pin down. Like many of the bands of Scott & Charlene’s Wedding’s vintage (think Twerps, Blank Realm, Peak Twins or Pop Singles), one person’s criticism is another person’s praise. Is the vocal spontaneous or lazy? The chord progressions repeating from record-to-record a sign of continuity or a lack of creativity? I don’t have the answers! But I can tell you that every time I finish listening to this record, I’m moved to listen to Paravista Social Club – so at least it’s keeping me on brand.
Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Services specializes in treating “non-traditional” pets, and they recently showcased their expertise with their care of a goldfish named Conquer. His human brought him into the vet after he accidentally swallowed a pebble. Just like a cat or dog, this beloved pet had the full treatment—including anesthesia.
After determining that the ailment was indeed caused by a pebble, Conquer was taken in for emergency surgery. First, they dripped an anesthetic agent in the water that put the fish to sleep. Then, they inserted tiny instruments into his mouth and slowly pulled out the rock. The vet remarked on Facebook, “[A] big pebble for a little goldfish to try to eat!” Once Conquer was clear of the stone, he was placed in a recovery tank that contained clean water and went home the next day.
The entire procedure cost about $500—Conquer was bought at a pet store for about $12—however, the vet commended his human for taking action when she noticed something was wrong. “Most people wouldn’t bat an eyelid spending this money on a dog, cat or child,” a spokesperson told Buzzfeed, “so why would we value our beautiful exotic pets any less.”
The vet observed Conquer to see if something fishy was going on:
Once they determined he ate a pebble, it was time for surgery:
They pulled a 13-gram pebble from his oral cavity:
Conquer has since made a full recovery.
Brisbane Bird and Exotics V...
Brian McFarlane has been to see RIcky Gervais' new David Brent mockumentary 'Life On The Road' and the Terrence Davies film 'Sunset Song'. He also recommended the film 'Indignation' based on the novel by Philip Roth.
Cerise Howard, Artistic Director of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival, dropped by to talk about the event which opens this Thursday, 15 September at ACMI. Cerise mentioned a few of the films screening as part of the festival including opening night film The Noonday Witch, Who Wants To Kill Jessie, which screens on Saturday 17 September at and Cutting It Shortwhich is on Sunday 18 September at 5.15pm. Also part of the festival is an exhibition ofvintage Czechoslovak film posters.
Reviewer Eloise Ross talked about the Australian film Girl Asleep which is currently getting a lot of press around town. Girl Asleep is now screening.
Cinemaniac Dean Brandum came in to talk about Cinemaniacs upcoming screening partnership with the National Screen & Sound Archive and the Astor Cinema which will feature the double bill of Fortress and Road Games. The special event is on 16 September at 8pm at The Astor.
We finishd up with Stefan Popescu, director of the Sydney Underground Film Festival. SUFF is in its 10th year and runs from 15 - 18 September at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville, Sydney.
Film Buff's Forecast is presented by Paul Harris.
Recently we sent Chelsea D from The New Thing (Monday 9am) on a round the world trip to get to know some of our upcoming Global Rhythms artists. No other acts possesses such a kaleidoscope of colour and sound as the innovative and outspoken DieselN’Dub!
Hi Declan! How would you describe your life since starting Dieseln’Dub?
Dieseln’Dub has exceeded all my expectations. It has reached far and wide and I am proud to say gets spins on rural radio stations that reach communities throughout outback Australia. It has us representing at some of Australia’s premier festivals and taken us to some remote regions of Australia.
You started this project over a year ago, can you tell us a bit about how you went about selecting the fantastic guest musicians to work with you on this project?
I have worked with almost everyone on the album in some musical project and know most of the musicians like family I guess. Frank Yamma and Radical Son which I am huge fans of were the only 2 I had never met or worked with. To picture hearing these iconic tunes sung by the likes of Katie Noonan, Emma Donovan, Pat Powell and the list goes on…is a dream come true.
Can you tell us a bit about the work you have been doing with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation since you began the project?
It is all about raising awareness for issues such as these. I believe in this foundation and we have brought their awareness into our project and highlight the importance of language, literacy and the importance of reading and the preservation of language in communities.
What have been some of the highlights of Dieseln’Dub since you began?
Premiering at the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival was a huge honour and highlight to be performing alongside the likes of The Alabama Shakes, The Wailers and Jimmy Cliff to name a few.
Is there a chance of more music from Dieseln’Dub in the future?
At this stage I am working on some of my own tunes and in production for a new record. Future Dieseln’Dub records are on the cards though.
Can you reveal if any of your Dieseln’Dub collaborators will appear at Global Rhythms?
This festival we will have a cast of many…. Tony Hughes (King Tide), Patou Powell (Melbourne Ska Orchestra), Gambirra and Radical Son to name a few. Its going to be fantastic.
Finally, what can the lucky people who are attending Global Rhythms expect from your performance?
We have taken good care in selecting some iconic songs of Midnight Oil and converted them into Reggae/Dub versions where we will deliver them in a tough Roots Reggae band of some of Sydney’s finest musicians helmed by our Sound engineer Drew Bissett to bring sonic mayhem in a Dub style…Sound Good? (You bet! That’s why you’re playing brother – Ed)
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Coming up on the 27 September, Gregory Porter will be live In Conversation with journalist Paris Pompor in a FREE, highly anticipated event. He will be talking on a wide variety of topics; from music: the art of songwriting and his creative inspirations, to growing up in Bakersfield with seven siblings and a mother who instilled in him strong ideas of social justice.
A Blue Note recording artist and Grammy-winning singer, Porter combines the gentlest of spirits with one of the most majestically powerful voices in contemporary jazz and soul. Whether it’s his moving, breakthrough Motor City protest single ‘1960 What?’ his collaborations with British electronic producers Disclosure or his new #1 jazz album ‘Take Me To The Alley‘, he continues to win over audiences while swinging effortlessly between hand-clapping gospel and seriously good jazz bop.
Following his standout set at Glastonbury Festival earlier his year, Porter announced dates for an “intimate” Australian tour for his new, internationally celebrated album which were quickly sold out. However, he will be returning again soon for the Byron Bay Bluesfest in April 2017.
During the live conversation, you can also ask Gregory Porter your own question by RSVPing to be in the audience by using the link below, and clicking on the ‘REGISTER‘ button.
Gregory Porter In Conversation is co-presented by Universal Music Australia, Eastside Radio, BluesFest, APRA AMCOS and Groovescooter for the 2016 Sydney Fringe Festival.
Who: Gregory Porter
What: Live – In Conversation
When: Thursday, 29 September, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Play Bar Sydney – 72 Campbell Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
For more information and to Register CLICK HERE
Join one of Australia’s most cherished and acclaimed performers Kate Ceberano and close musical partner Paul Grabowsky for an unforgettable evening of love songs.
In this perfect pairing of Ceberano’s versatile voice and Grabowsky’s masterful piano playing, the duo performs faithful reinterpretations of some of the great love songs of the past 50 years.
From tales of love, to longing and heartbreak, the songs in the repertoire have been handpicked by both artists for their ability to connect on a deep emotional level and for the influence the songs have had on each of their lives.
Kate Ceberano has to be one of Australia’s best with an award winning career spanning 24 albums and a term as previous Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. With a wise, wonderful and whimsical approach to music making, Grabowsky’s contribution to Australian music is vast and deep. Her silky smooth vocals and charming personality make audiences feel warm, happy and as if she is talking directly to them. Cabaret is a conversation and Cebrano always manages to make it appear unscripted and genuine.
Paul Grabowsky is also a national treasure with his extensive and valuable contribution to the Australian jazz industry. The pair have worked together previously and the respect and appreciation for each other was clearly visible in their interactions.
Be swept up by an evening of music and song spanning the emotions of love itself!
Who: Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky
What: Love Songs Collaboration Concert
When: Saturday 22nd October, 8:00 pm
Where: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Pl, Sydney NSW 2000
For more information and tickets CLICK HERE.
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Michelle Cahill, Letter to Pessoa and other short fictions (Giramondo Press 2016)
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There’s a device that writers known for their children’s books sometimes use when they write for adults. They put some serious swearing or almost-explicit sex on the very first page as a coded warning: ‘This is not suitable as a gift for little children.’ Have a look at the first page of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods or Margo Flanagan’s Tender Morsels.
Letter to Pessoa has a similar device, right there in the title: If you have to ask who Pessoa is, it warns subliminally, this book may not be for you. It’s no idle warning: of the 24 short prose pieces in this book, about half are framed as letters to other writers or otherwise assume that certain writers are part of the reader’s mental landscape (either that, or the the reader is happy to do some research): [Fernando] Pessoa, [Jacques] Derrida, Jean Genet, Tadeusz Rózewicz, Virginia Woolf, [Vladimir] Nabokov – I could go on. For the uninitiated, the reading experience is a lot like listening in on one side of a phone conversation as Michelle Cahill and her narrators engage – playfully, critically or earnestly – with those writers and their creations.
Such intertextuality not only limits a book’s potential audience. It runs other risks as well. When I read ‘Aubade for Larkin’, for example, I looked up Philip Larkin’s poem ‘Aubade’, and was bowled over by it. In ‘Borges and I’ and ‘Letter to John Coetzee’ I found it hard to focus, because my mind kept drifting off to the remembered pleasures of Borges’ stories and the challenges of Coetzee’s novel Disgrace. I was grateful to Michelle Cahill for sending me (back) to those other works, but found it hard to pull my mind back to the writing in my hands.
The less intertextual stories are much stronger. They feature a huge range of narrators and central characters – from a cat (in ‘Biscuit’) to an Argentinian poet with AIDS (in ‘Duende’). Those in the best stories, including the cat, are travellers or members of diasporas (or both), mainly sharing the author’s South Asian and African heritage. These stories involve rich cross-cultural encounters.
‘The Sadhu’ captures brilliantly a complex interplay of spiritual power and seedy sexuality, exoticism and nostalgia, naiveté and wariness, as a young woman from Dee Why meets the holy man of the title in Nepal. In ‘Fever’, a young woman of ‘part-Nepalese, part-Australian background’ visits an older Nepalese man, her uncle, a Cambridge scholar who now trains rebels in arms and explosives, and the story refuses to give us relief from her discomfort as she feels the gap between her world and his. The protagonist of ‘A Wall of Water’ recalls moments from her childhood in northern India, but the present tense of the story is in jacaranda season in Sydney 2010, and the Christmas Island boat disaster is on the television. Again, the discomfort:
Cocooned in the safety of her peaceful apartment Sarita is numb with grief for those drowned and those who survived: Iranians, Iraqis and Kurds. She knows what happens to missing people, how they become little more than a monthly statistic, how the past is a territo...
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