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Saturday, 20 August

00:16

A plea from the heart to save a Clarence Valley icon North Coast Voices


Letter to the Editor, The Daily Examiner, 17 August 2016:

THE dismantling of the Grafton Regional Gallery is an outrage and every effort to reverse the decision of the executive council must be made.

Should it be a surprise? No.

In June 2015 the Council had to prepare an application to IPART for a special rate variation to increase rates by 8%. The community was called upon to prioritise 24 listed services put forward by the Council.

In a letter to the Editor of the DEX, I drew attention to how significant infrastructure like the Grafton Regional Gallery and the Library have been built with Federal and State Government money. The community has also made important contributions.

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Friday, 19 August

13:44

Bob Downe at the Cheeky Cabaret at Brunswick Picture House Byron Bay Blog

the newly-revived Brunswick Picture House is holding its now famous Cheeky Cabaret tonight, Friday, 19 August and Saturday, 20 August at 7pm, featuring very special guest Bob Downe! More details below. Tickets can be purchased online at brunswickpicturehouse.com but hurry – they’re selling fast. Limited ticket availability at the door.

WHAT: BOB DOWNE at BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE’S CHEEKY CABARET
WHERE: BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE, 30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads
WHEN: FRIDAY, 19 August 7.00pm & SATURDAY, 20 August 7.00pm

Bob Downe, the Prince of Polyester and Murwillumbah’s original perfect party animal is set to grace the Brunswick Picture House stage this weekend for the now famous, and highly acclaimed Cheeky Cabaret weekend.

As one of Australia’s most loved and enduring comedy characters, Bob Downe promises to have the audience in stitches as he couples a signature cheeky irreverence and razor sharp wit with a warm innate likability. It’s hard not to fall in love with his madcap character as he glides and jives his way through an eclectic array of feel-good, high-energy show tunes and hilarious, laugh out loud standup. Unequivocally lauded as Australia’s greatest MC, Bob Downe will lead the charge on what is shaping up to be a standout Cabaret Weekend.

Watch on and let your jaw drop wide as this multifarious clique of circus stars, tricksters, celebrities and extraordinary entertainers come from far and wide to present yet another not-to-be-forgotten Cheeky Cabaret weekend at The Brunswick Picture.

TICKETS: Online at brunswickpicturehouse.com. Limited availability at the door.

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11:05

Introducing photographer Leigh Rolfe Common Ground North Coast

bio-photoLeigh Rolfe is a software engineer, entrepreneur, amateur photographer and cat lover. He studied Computer Science at RMIT in Melbourne, and then spent 12 years working for himself building websites and various online systems for businesses large and small.

Around three and a half years ago, Leigh began work on an app called School Stream with his Byron based co-founder. He was living in Melbourne at the time, just one in a succession of residences across New Zealand, Sydney and Melbourne. He spent several months convincing his girlfriend Melbourne was far too cold, and they moved to Byron Bay at the end of 2014 where Leigh continued to build both app and company.

While photography has always been an interest, Leigh has tended to focus on his technical pursuits, often shelving his hobby, not even picking up a camera, for years at a time. Once Leigh decided to move north, however, he vowed to take advantage of the dark night skies and beautiful surroundings and jump into night and nature photography, never knowing when he might get itchy feet and uproot himself again.

With nature photography, Leigh finds once he has captured a moment, the camera never quite records what he sees. In post-processing, he attempts to recreate his vision, rather than leave the camera to interpret the scene. At times, he wonders if he just sees the world a little differently.

Astronomy has always fascinated Leigh, so he finds himself naturally drawn to night photography. It is also quite different from nature photography. You can’t see what you are photographing through the viewfinder, so there is a lot of trial and error and experimentation in setting up each scene. After much perseverance, new camera equipment and software, Leigh has been able to bring his vision to life in the final images....

10:57

Master woodworker to showcase latest works in Lismore Echonetdaily

Geoff Hannah with his latest work, The Chinoiserie Cabinet. (supplied)

Geoff Hannah with his latest work, The Chinoiserie Cabinet. (supplied)

An exhibition of works by master wood craftsman Geoff Hannah and his students will be opened by Federal Arts Minister Mitch Fifield at the Lismore Regional Gallery this evening.

The exhibition opens at 5.50pm. Speeches will begin at 6pm.

Mr Hannah is a Lismore-based master wood craftsman and cabinet-maker.

The Hannah Cabinet exhibited in 2009, proved to be one of the most popular exhibitions in the history of the Lismore gallery.

This exhibition, In Glue and Dust we Trust, will be the first outing for Geoff Hannah’s latest work, Chinoiserie Cabinet, which will be shown alongside the work of his students, some of whom have been doing classes with Geoff for over 15 years.

Minister Fifield said Lismore had  demonstrated its commitment to creating a flourishing arts sector and support for local talent.

‘Mr Hannah’s work is remarkable, and I applaud his dedication and commitment to sharing his knowledge and experience with his students,’ Minister Fifield said.

Page MP Kevin Hogan also congratulated the Lismore Regional Gallery for supporting and promoting the talents of local artists, and welcomed the development of a new cultural precinct for the City of Lismore through the Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.

‘The Lismore Quadrangle project will offer a range of cultural initiatives for the Northern Rivers community...

10:49

Night Letters – Lennox Community Centre Common Ground North Coast

 

IMG_3983‘Night Letters’ is the first community theatre production to be performed at Lennox Community Centre since it’s launch in March. We are excited to support the local performing arts, and providing more cultural experiences for the local community.
“Imagine if your world was turned upside down and you wanted to escape reality. ‘Night Letters’ is a play that soars across time and space taking the audience on an intensely personal and global journey”.

An Australian man, recently diagnosed with an incurable disease, leaves his home, his lover, their life, and travels through Europe in search of answers to unanswerable questions.

On his journey, he encounters extraordinary people who share with him extraordinary tales. And then, reaching Venice, every night for twenty nights he writes a letter home, to his lover in Australia.

Through the totality of its various fables and narratives, its conflicts and dramas, as the man’s world becomes increasingly colour-filled with characters, struggling as he is struggling – with desire for intimacy and escape, for understanding and meaning, for any way to beguile time – Night Letters begins to soar across time and space, from the personal to the global.

At the pinnacle of his search for answers, standing there, in a foreign world groaning under the weight of human decay, his own body riddled with disease, this Australian man finds his mind suddenly wandering back – home to his love, home to a piece of pristine bushland on the outskirts of his city, home to another way of living.

Money from this production will be raised for HEARTFELT HOMES

‘Night Letters’ is supported by Stuart Garret Lawyers + LJ Hooker Lennox...

10:27

Thrillbillys to play Ocean Shores Echonetdaily

Event organiser Mel Hargraves and some very excited kids prepare for Saturday's bush dance at Ocean Shores Community Centre. Photo Jeff Dawson

Event organiser Mel Hargraves and some very excited kids prepare for Saturday’s bush dance at Ocean Shores Community Centre. Photo Jeff Dawson

This weekend’s bush dance at The Ocean Shores Community Centre will bring the community together for one heck of a hoedown.

The event aims to build community and ownership of the Community Centre.

Local bluegrass band Thrillbilly Stomp will call the dancing in and as the band say ‘it is not uncommon to see the dance floor being shared by little kids, teenagers, young adults, mums and dads, grandmas and grandpas, and even great grandmas and grandpas at a Thrillbilly Stomp gig.’

The event will host a kids’ zone – with a Lego station, children’s games, performance by a local children’s theatre group and a singalong with instruments.

The food zone will include local catering businesses and the event is BYO.

The family fun event kicks off at 5pm on Saturday 20th August and people are encouraged to dress up in their creative country-themed best.

 

The post...

10:05

Byron GM likes the short lead for councillors Echonetdaily

The legislated structure of local government leaves the power balance between the elected representatives and general managers dependent on the knowledge and resolve of both parties, GMs tend to dominate in a divisive atmosphere.

The struggle between the ‘Belongil 5’ and the ‘progressives’ has been so intense in this term that councillors have virtually ignored governance (what the GM and staff are up to) which is a statutory responsibility.

As a result the GM has been able to keep them on a very short lead, and he is back for another term courtesy of all but Duncan Dey.

In this context, some matters that new entrants should turn their attention to before they are smothered by the game:

The hugely expensive, state of the art sewerage systems are starting to fail, senior management has avoided valid questions leaving inadequate responses to junior staff, this is urgent.

With a renewed contract the GM is not required to review the staff organisation, make him do it as informal staff reports indicate dysfunction and low morale.

Council committees are vital in monitoring staff performance, most have lost their effectiveness and may be in danger of closure, it is important that the finance, internal audit and wastewater and sewerage committees are retained and reconstituted.

Be wary of the recently-announced ‘settlement’ with the Belongil urgers, OK insurance covered the legal fees but did they also make a financial settlement? If so there is a precedent which will be used.

The extensive work done by earlier councils on biodiversity has taken a holiday this term, it is vital that this regains its priority.

Also look at: council vehicle control (gross misuse discovered in my time on council), small contract letting, use of consultants, employment governance and misuse of the secret Code of Conduct.

Otherwise enjoy yourselves.

Tom Tabart, Bangalow...

09:50

Rail links in and through Byron shire Echonetdaily

The article in yesterday’s Echonetdaily on ‘Train line tarred over in Byron Bay’ – states that it is the (Byron) mayor’s plan to have a rail motor run between Bangalow and Yelgun.
As the proponent of the Byron Bay TramLink, I doubt that this is factual. I have had many discussions with mayor Simon Richardson who is keen for the railway tracks to be available to a multitude of users, not just one operator.
The diesel rail motor service which is expected to begin operations later this year will run from Elements of Byron into Byron Bay, stopping near the caravan park.
Byron Bay TramLink will operate sustainably-powered electric trams and light-rail vehicles, initially between Bangalow and Byron Bay, then extending through Mullumbimby to Billinudgel and Yelgun.
It would be appreciated if you could correct the published story so that your readers know that there are plans in place to get the tracks into use as soon as possible.
It’s not an overnight process. A correction will also allay the fears of those who may fantasise about the rail-trail movement beginning work on their project.
Peter Finch, Byron Bay TramLink

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09:38

Sky is the limit for Lismore Aviation Centre growth Echonetdaily

New runway lighting will be installed at Lismore airport to help deal with fog. It coincides with a planned expansion of the Lismore Aviation Centre. Photo contributed

New runway lighting will be installed at Lismore airport to help deal with fog. It coincides with a planned expansion of the Lismore Aviation Centre. Photo contributed

A 1.87 million upgrade at Lismore’s airport is part of a plan to turn build the Lismore Aviation Centre into the biggest regional aviation hub between Brisbane and Sydney.

The upgrade, which includes new runway lighting to resolve take-off and landing issues during times of heavy fog, comes as work continues on a new base for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service at the airport.

Lismore City Council commercial services coordinator Kevin Trustum said the upgrade involves the installation of over 9000 metres of cabling and 120 new LED runway and taxiway lights.

‘The runway lighting project is being undertaken by a Queensland company with assistance from 11 local contractors including surveyors, electricians, cable locators, concreters and local suppliers,’ Mr Trustum said.

‘The upgrade has been allocated $1.57 million in funding through the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

‘These works are part of a broader plan to improve passenger services at Lismore Regional Airport and build the Lismore Aviation Centre into a first-class regional facility.’

Lismore MP Thomas George said that the upgrades to the airport were vital for the local economy and tourism.

‘I am proud the...

09:20

Plan to bring Lake Ainsworth back to health Echonetdaily

Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head. (pic lennoxpointofview.com)

Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head. (pic lennoxpointofview.com)

A Ballina Shire Council mayoral candidate wants to restore the health of Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head as part of the development of a winter Olympic Training Facility.

Cr Keith Williams said if the Olympics facility was coming to Lake Ainsworth it needed to address some of the historical damage caused by the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation.

The plan consists of a number of Project funded by the Parties that have an interest in the Lake and the development of the Ski Jump Training facility at the Sport and Rec Camp. The plan involves:

Nutrient stripping of the Lake 

Cr Williams said the Winter Olympics Training Development Project should pay for the cost of a large reed bed filtration system to gradually remove the build-up of phosphates and nitrates present in the lake waters.

‘The phosphate is a legacy of the former laundry at the Sport and Rec. camp that discharged high content phosphate laden waste water into the lake for several decades.

‘The nutrients haven’t gone anywhere and they are directly contributing the blue-green algae events we experience every summer.

Cr Williams said the reed bed must be located away from the body of the Lake (on S...

09:04

Sensitivities over Long-Tan reunion in perspective Echonetdaily

It is important to put the Long Tan reunion into perspective.

Brendon Nelson was ‘flabbergasted’ that the thousand visiting Aussie veterans were told to tone down their reunion celebrations.

How might we feel if a foreign force, for no just reason, invaded Mullumbimby and killed 250 locals, lost relatively few of their own, then came back 50 years later to celebrate their ‘victory’.

With over two million fatalities, every Vietnamese family carries the scars of the ‘American War’.

As with Iraq, our invasion of Vietnam put Australia on the wrong side of history.

Considering the unjustifiable hell we subjected them to for so many years,
the Vietnamese are enormously friendly, gracious and forgiving people.

Perhaps there is a deeper lesson here for our war-loving nation.

With apologies to the Bundjalung people.

Michael Balson, Upper Wilson’s Creek

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09:01

Conduct code push for South China Sea Echonetdaily

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the bridge of navy warship KRI Imam Bonjol in June. AP Photo/Agus Suparto, Indonesian Presidential Office

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the bridge of navy warship KRI Imam Bonjol in June. AP Photo/Agus Suparto, Indonesian Presidential Office

Lauren Farrow

Jakarta [AAP]

Indonesia is pushing for the implementation of a code of conduct in the South China Sea to be finished earlier than China’s timetable, citing increasing tensions in the region.

It’s been more than a decade since the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) first raised the hope of implementing a code that would govern behaviour in the hotly contested waters.

But a code of conduct (COC) remains elusive.

While China has signalled it wants the agreement to be finished by early next year, spokesman for Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Arrmanatha Nasir said they want the matter settled as soon as possible.

‘Indonesia’s commitment to finish the COC is very clear and Indonesia has been the one, or I can say the main country in ASEAN, who has continued to push for settlement of...

08:57

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in China Echonetdaily

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi accompanied by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. Photo Kyodo

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi accompanied by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. Photo Kyodo

Beijing [DPA]

Foreign minister and de facto Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has begun four days of meetings in Beijing that come at a critical juncture in relations between the neighbouring nations.

‘The stakes are very high,’ wrote analyst Yun Sun in a commentary for the Washington-based Transnational Institute.

‘The outcome of Aung San Suu Kyi’s meetings could well come to define Myanmar-China relations for many years to come.’

Suu Kyi already met Chinese President Xi Jinping in her capacity as head of a National League for Democracy delegation in June 2015, but Thursday’s is her first visit to a foreign country outside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations since the NLD achieved power in April this year.

Her acceptance of an invitation from Chinese premier Li Keqiang mar...

08:54

Byron woman sought over Bali police death Echonetdaily

Kuta Beach. Photo Cameron Kennedy/Wikimedia

Kuta Beach. Photo Cameron Kennedy/Wikimedia

Jakarta [AAP]

Indonesian police have told immigration officials to be on the look-out for two Australians, including a woman from Byron Bay, being sought over the death of a Bali traffic cop.

An alert on the pair was issued on Thursday to prevent them from leaving the popular tourist destination, Bali police spokesman Made Sudana told AAP.

Mr Sudana said two Australians were ‘suspected perpetrators’.

Fairfax Media reported the woman was from Byron Bay, and published the Indonesian police wanted poster showing her licence with photo, which was plastered around Bali.

Wayan Sudarsa was found dead in his uniform lying on a beach in Kuta around 3.30am local time (5.30am AEST) on Wednesday by hotel security officers.

He had a wound to his forehead and leg and his shirt was unbuttoned and bloodied.

The smashed remains of a beer bottle was found near his head.

About 50 metres from the body a woman’s black leather purse was found, along...

08:51

Minister flags Vietnam pact on Long Tan Echonetdaily

Australian veteran Alister McCoy, left, and Vietnamese veteran Pham Van Mien at a gala dinner commemorating the 50th anniversary of Long Tan battle in Vung Tau city on Thursday. Without any medals and uniforms, the Australian and Vietnamese men held hands and toasted one another in a friendship dinner. AP Photo

Australian veteran Alister McCoy, left, and Vietnamese veteran Pham Van Mien at a gala dinner commemorating the 50th anniversary of Long Tan battle in Vung Tau city on Thursday. Without any medals and uniforms, the Australian and Vietnamese men held hands and toasted one another in a friendship dinner. AP Photo

Canberra [AAP]

The veterans affairs minister has flagged Australia and Vietnam setting up a memorandum of understanding on future Long Tan commemorations.

Dan Tehan thinks it’s better than a review into the government’s handling of the 50th anniversary commemorations at the battle site, which almost led to hundreds of Australian veterans being turned away from accessing the site.

‘We need to look at some sort of memorandum of understanding … which is very clear about how things should proceed into the future,’ he said.

Australian officials in Vietnam on Thursday were ensuring...

08:48

Unlicensed drivers a plague on Qld roads Echonetdaily

Shutterstock image

Shutterstock image

Darren Cartwright

Brisbane [AAP]

Motoring body the RACQ says it’s disturbing that almost a quarter of million people have been caught driving on Queensland roads without a valid licence since 2010.

Using figures obtained from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the RACQ claims there have been 239,000 people caught driving without a valid licence between January 2010 and October, 2015.

Of those caught, 2,850 had never held a licence.

RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith says Queensland police are doing a great job in detecting offences but the massive number of people breaking the law is a serious problem.

‘These people are thumbing their noses at the law and posing a great risk on our roads,’ she told AAP.

‘Some of these people had never even passed a licence test.’

Ms Smith did not want to buy into whether the government needed to increase the penalties for driving without a valid licence or if c...

08:47

Local Nannas to converge on the gas fields of Chinchilla Echonetdaily

Northern Rivers Knitting Nannas Against Gas are off to Chinchilla in Queensland for their national conference. Here are some having a knit-in outside Page MP Kevin Hogan's office in Lismore recently. (Darren Coyne)

Northern Rivers Knitting Nannas Against Gas are off to Chinchilla in Queensland for their national conference. Here are some having a knit-in outside Page MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Lismore recently. (Darren Coyne)

Northern Rivers Knitting Nannas will be touring the gas fields of Chinchilla in Queensland and meeting families impacting by gas mining when they attend the second Knitting Nannas Against Gas national conference on 26, 27 and 28 August.

More than 70 Nannas are expected to attend the gathering, which will also be used discuss strategies, ideas, and plot the ‘Nannalution’.

Chinchilla is known for the large number of gas fields and infrastructure established there.

The Knitting Nannas Against Gas originally formed in northern NSW early in 2012 in response to local farming land being adversely affected by the establishment of gas fields.

Since then the Knitting Nannas have grown to more than 40 groups around Australia, the UK and USA, broadening their focus to address climate change, locally and globally.

Nannas from as far away as the Northern Territory will travel to Chinchilla for three days of speake...

08:44

Big year for earthquakes in Australia Echonetdaily

A US Geological Survey (USGS) maps shows the location of a 5.7 magnitude earthquake striking east-northeast of Bowen. Photo EPA/USGS handout

A US Geological Survey (USGS) maps shows the location of a 5.7 magnitude earthquake striking east-northeast of Bowen. Photo EPA/USGS handout

Darren Cartwright

Brisbane [AAP]

A third earthquake in a week has been recorded off the coast of Queensland and Geoscience Australia says there’s been quite a few in the past 12 months.

The latest was a magnitude 4.1 quake recorded at 4.27am (AEST) on Friday near Airlie Beach.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said in a statement that based on an assessment of the magnitude and location of the quake there was no tsunami threat to the Australian mainland or islands.

On Thursday a magnitude 5.8 earthquake was recorded about 70km off the coast, northeast of Bowen and last Saturday a magnitude 4.4 earthquake occurred off the coast of Bundaberg, 800km south of Bowen.

Geoscience Australia senior seismologist Jonathan Bathgate said the magnitude of the Bowen earthqua...

08:10

Vandals’ hack attack on 50 Pottsville foreshore trees Echonetdaily

The area of Pottsville where the tree vandalism occurred. Photo Google Maps

The area of Pottsville where the tree vandalism occurred. Photo Google Maps

Tweed Shire Council is still trying to figure out how 50 foreshore trees in Pottsville were lopped without anyone noticing.

The trees were part of stretch of coastal reserve that runs from the mouth of Mooball Creek north along behind Pottsville beach for about 300 metres.

According to council’s resources manager Jane Lofthouse, the damage was discovered a week ago by council rangers but local residents they spoke to were unaware that the desecration had been happening.

‘Basically some council staff were doing regular maintenance and noticed that there were a couple of trees that had been cut down but it wasn’t until we went into bushland away from the tracks that we actually discovered the extent of how much damage had been done,’ she told Echonetdaily.

She said the trees had either been cut down totally or had had chainsaw cuts made in them.

‘So what we have to do now is go and assess those. Most of them, we think, should be right but we will be doing quite a bit of trimming because they’re too top heavy and they’ll potentially eventually fall over,’ she added.

Asked how it could poss...

08:09

Tweed homicide probe into woman’s horrific fire death Echonetdaily

Homicide detectives are investigating the grisly discovery of a burnt woman’s body propped up against a tree near a remote dirt road at Dulguigan near Murwillumbah yesterday.

A passing motorist sighted a fire just before 7.30am, believing it to be a burning log, before it was discovered to be a smouldering body.

Emergency services were called to Pollards Road, Dulguigan, soon after and police also attended. A crime scene was established and examined by specialist forensic officers.

The identity of the person is not yet known.

Detectives from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command and the Homicide Squad are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death, which is being treated as suspicious.

Anyone who may have seen unusual activity in area, or has concerns for the welfare of a friend or family member, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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08:07

And they’re off and racing in Byron shire elections …. Echonetdaily

Michael McDonald assesses the line-up for the horse-race known as the 2016 Byron Shire Council elections.

Your mission, if you should choose to accept it, is to familiarise yourself with the Byron Shire Council candidates over the next three weeks and make your vote count on September 10. Vote like the health of the Shire depends upon it.

It’s a big field of runners for punters to choose nine councillors from – see Byron candidates announced. Some have form, some struggle when the going gets slippery and some are rank outsiders and unknowns.

But there’s no excuse – other than bone idleness – for not knowing what’s going on. Read your newspapers, go to the meet-the-candidates events, check out their web pages and, hell, go wild and interrogate them yourself. It’s a good way to find out, to paraphrase Clint Eastwood’s character the Outlaw Josey Wales, who’s pissing down your back and telling you it’s raining.

All the mayoral candidates have form. Simon Richardson is the personable Green who, in the wake of the vigilant Jan Barham, may have tried too hard to be all things to all people, and there were plenty of issues in his basket for ratepayers to get annoyed about. Rose Wanchap, well – she changed horses mid-stream and we all got wet. She runs under a Middle Ground banner while Alan Hunter is aiming for a Shire In Balance. It’s a mythical demographic just like The Silent Majority.

Hunter is probably more likely to pick up a large swag of the votes that former councillor Ross Tucker had a stranglehold on. He owns a farm, which is a big plus for some, and was preselected by the Nationals to run for the federal seat of Richmond in 2010. He picked up 17,146 primary votes against Justine Elliott’s 31,679, albeit in a 15.8 per cent swing against the Nats.

Our Sustainable Future’s...

07:18

Boy & Bear in Byron Bay November 18 Byron Bay Blog

Boy & Bear have today announced the ‘Limit Of Love’ regional tour of Australia for November and December 2016, presented by triple J. The Aussie folk-pop faves will kick off the extensive string of shows in Ballarat, then moving through the 20-date schedule alongside national support act, four-part indie-folk group All Our Exes Live In Texas, covering regional areas of Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, and ACT.

Fresh from a stellar set at Splendour and the Grass, the five- time ARIA award winners released their third studio album Limit Of Love in 2015. The LP, met with rave reviews, was recorded in the inspirational surroundings of Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studio.

Their first single released from the album, Walk the Wire was instantly added to triple J (reaching #1 Most Played) and continues to be supported by the National Broadcaster as well as the Triple M Network. In addition, the hilarious and somewhat out-of-character official video has become a band favourite. Their second single, Limit Of Love, also garnered support and airplay from triple J.

The album Limit of Love is a recording that is less about fine-tuning everything to the nth-degree, and more about capturing a band at the height of their powers in an honest, organic way. It’s an approach most modern bands would be too scared to try, but for Boy & Bear, that leap of faith has proven to be a very successful masterstroke.

Excited to be hitting the road after this year playing a number of major festivals and shows across Australia, USA, Canada, Europe and the UK, Killian Gavin (vocals, guitar), enthuses, “We’ll be changing it up night to night really, often the venue depicts what kind of show we will go for. A nice noisy pub makes a great rock show while the intimate theatres allow a lot more room for dynamics and banter. Keeps us on our toes and stops us from being repetitive…It’s been a long time coming for us, this regional run...

06:33

There are two sides to the NSW greyhound racing ban - but only one is focused on stopping the widespread cruelty North Coast Voices


The Greyhound Special Commission of Inquiry Factsheet, June 2016:

Of the 97,783 greyhounds bred in the last 12 years, between 48,891 and 68,448 dogs were killed because they were deemed uncompetitive as racing dogs – this equates to a “wastage” rate of 50 to 70 per cent.
Even by reducing the number of races to the minimum required for the industry to remain viable (593), at that wastage rate there would still be 2,000 to 4,000 dogs killed prior to reaching racing age each year.
Evidence of live baiting extends as far back as 2009 and with around 10 to 20 per cent of trainers engaged in the practice, the Commission concluded that there is endemic support for the practice and that GRNSW knew about the practice and did nothing about it.
Greyhound racing is only commercially run in eight countries. The largest of those is the United States where it has been in decline over a number of years with Arizona becoming the 40th state to ban the sport in June this year.
Deaths and injuries went unreported to GRNSW even foll...

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