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environment.‘We applaud council or itscareul and considered voteon the issue.’
No vision, culturalcontext says Artscape
But what o smaller events?Artscape’s Byron Bay ore-shore exhibition this year wasno doubt a success.How does this policy aectthem?Artscape’s Merran Mor-rison told
, ‘Otherthan 16,500 people per day,two major music estivals peryear, and no cruelty to ani-mals, there is not much thepolicy is really saying.‘Tere is no overarching vi-sion, no cultural context oraspiration established.’Ms Morrison also claims itisn’t the role o council policy to tell event organisers they have to have eective and e-cient resources allocated tothe event.‘What community eventsever do?’, she says. ‘Does thismean we won’t be given ap-proval because a council oc-er doesn’t think we can eithera) raise the money (orwhich one needs an approvalrst!) orb) pull it o on a shoestring?‘Council’s decision not torecommend a part time orull time events ocer is alsoshort sighted, according to MsMorrison.‘It took 18 months to i-nally get an approval to stageArtscape Biennial at ClarkesBeach reserve, and I am con- vinced that had there been adedicated ocer to deal withour application it would havetaken less than hal the timeand the savings o sta timewould have been consider-able.‘here was so much timewasting by a variety o sta as they invented our approvalprocess as it unolded.‘Byron Council is constant-ly hampered by a lack o spe-cialised sta.’
Blues Fest granted11 years in Tyagarah
Te Blues Festival was ap-proved by Council to have itsevent in yagarah or the nexteleven years.At the time o going topress, Splendour In heGrass management had notreturned calls or commentover the policy.
Events policy sparks debate
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Byron Bay’s Blues Festivalhas been named as
Austral-ian Event of the Year
, as wellas picking up the award or
Best Cultural/Arts Event.
he announcement wasmade at the Australian EventAwards, held in Sydney lastTursday.Director Peter Noble told
he was taken by surprise. ‘Tey had us up theback o the auditorium, andwe never expected to win.‘It’s such a thrill,’ he said.‘O course I am very proudo all our team. It recognisesthe hard work put in by all.’he annual estivaltrumped hundreds o entries vying or the prestigious title.‘I can’t believe a small or-ganisation such as ours beatMicrosot, WOMADelaide,Sydney’s FIFA, Te Austral-ian ennis Open 2010 andSydney’s New Year’s Eve Cel-ebrations.’Held annually over Easteror the last 21 years, the veday event attracts peoplerom around the world andacross Australia. Last yearBlues Fest showcased art-ists on six stages or 12 hoursdaily with over 200 peror-mances.he Peats Ridge Festivalwon the
Best Achievement inSustainability award
, with theBlues Fest being a nalist inthat category also.
Best event in Australia? It’s Blues Fest
Annika Oman and Peter Noble celebrating their win last Thurs-day in Sydney.
New plans or the much-an-ticipated Bangalow Pool willbe released this week, accord-ing the Bangalow Pool rust(BP).'We have been working onthis project or 14 years nowand over this time the planshave changed several times,'said BP president PetaHeeson, 'but we now eel wehave the right combination o ideas which will be right orBangalow.'In July, local architect Dom-inic Finlay-Jones came onboard to build upon the hardwork already completed.'Our proposal to the rustwas to place an outdoor heatedpool within a large recreationalpark so that the pool becomesintegrated into the sports pre-cinct, which is already a hubor the community,' he said.Dominic said the acility would include a 25m 8-laneoutdoor swimming pool, ashaded kids’ pool (both pas-sively heated in the coolermonths), a large multi-purposespace, a crèche and a caé.Te community is encour-aged to view the proposedpool online at bangalowpool.com.au.
Bangalow’s new pool on drawing board
he police, apparently, plusa ew neighbours surround-ing the streets o Byron’s CBDprecinct.A trial o amplied buskingin Byron Bay was approved by council this week, however theNSW Police Force came outagainst such a trial.In a document to Council,Acting Inspector Doug Con-ners said it would increaseanti-social behaviour, noise,obstruction and cause poten-tially anti-social and violent be-haviour due to intoxicated on-lookers. ‘Te policy approveso busking until 12am, which isthe most signicant issue in re-lation to street related violence.’However musician DavidAdes, a regular street perorm-er, told
, ‘I have neverwitnessed any arrests, or anti-social behaviour while busk-ing. We provide ree entertain-ment or the tourists, youngpeople and amilies. It’s an op-portunity to see live music upclose on the street, away romlicensed premises.’
Who wants to stop the music?