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40 mins from Tweed Heads20 mins from Byron Bay(02) 6684 3111
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Volume 5 #19Tuesday, October 1, 1
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Velocette owners rom the country gathered at Lennox Head last week or a run around the Northern Rivers. Thecyclists had short rides planned or each day o a week long run but had to reduce the length o their daily rides dueto the inclement weather that dogged the whole trip.The rain didn’t stop them taking a trip to Murwillumbah and the hinterland last Friday however.About 60 bikers stopped at the driver reviver at Yelgun, where Velocette veteran o 55 years Bryan Dawes, took theopportunity to warm up with a cuppa and cake served by the Lions ladies Val Armstrong and Lyn Fitzgerald.Bryan said that despite his protective gear, he was still wet underneath but the run was worth it.
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Drizzle no barrier to bikers
Eve Jefery
Council voted unanimously last week to rescind the decision to swap land inBrunswick Heads or land in ByronBay with the NSW Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA).Council’s turnabout on their July resolution was applauded by the peo-ple o Brunswick Heads.Councillors’ background notes tothe rescission vote stated ‘Since thepassing o the subject resolution, ithas become apparent that the currentLPMA draf plans or the redevelop-ment o the Brunswick Heads Cara- van Parks are potentially detrimentalin many aspects o their community impact including parking, traicmovement, oreshore access, saety and residential amenity.
Not critically evaluated
‘It would appear that in movingto negotiate on land swaps with theLPMA these impacts were not ully taken into account and we now needto consider them in more detail.’In her public access speech, rep-resentative or the Brunswick HeadsForeshore Protection Group MicheleGrant said that is was clear that Coun-cil had not critically evaluated the veproposed sites in Brunswick Heads.She added that until recently they were not even aware o the impact o the resolution on trac, parking, pe-destrian access or the general amenity o the community.‘Te Land acquisition process de-tailed in the Corporate Manager’s re-port may be legal, but it has clearly ailed to provide adequate inorma-tion to our elected councillors or en-gage in proper consultation with theaected communities.here has been no consultationwith interested stakeholders in Brun-swick Heads.Neither Council nor LPMA haveinormed local residents or adjoiningneighbours o their plans to close theroads they live in.’As a resident o Brunswick Heads,Councillor Diane Woods was unableto vote during the process, though herideas on the subject were clear.‘I think the rescission motion isair,’ she said. ‘Given that the commu-nity did not have the opportunity tomeet and discuss the implications o the change o ownership o the landsin question.’ Cr Woods said that theoriginal decision was made when itcame beore council as a late report.‘It was at the end o a very long day in the chambers and the collateral e-ect o all the changes was not evidentat the time,’ she said.
Securing Fishheadstenure denied
here is a suggestion that coun-cil’s main priority was to secure ten-ure over the Fishheads restaurant.Cr om abart denied that saying,‘Tere is no possible connection be-tween the land swaps and tenure o the Fishheads shop. ‘Any suggestionthat there is must be the gment o an overactive imagination. Tere washowever a dark and seamy tale sur-rounding the Fishheads past dealingswith sta which completely passedthe media by.’Cr abart did agree that the origi-nal decision was not a good one. ‘Yesthe majority o councillors certainly lost the plot on Bruns Parks.’
Mistakes admitted‘impressive’
‘It’s easy to see how Council-lors “overlooked” the issue,’ said MsGrant afer the meeting. ‘I am really impressed with the way they admittedthe report slipped under their radarand have quickly moved to reconsiderthe deal, now that they are properly inormed.’
Council backfip onland applauded
Events policy sparks community debate
Hans Lovejoy
Council’s events policy was passed last hurs-day, and with it the utureramework or the Shire’sestival management andsize was outlined.Te policy’s main pointsinclude a limit to 17,500people per day, with twomajor music estivals peryear.
Right balance:CFFS
Coalition For FestivalSanity’s (CFFS) Mac Nicol-son told
Te Echo,
‘We be-lieve it is a very constructivestep towards dening ourcommunity’s wishes in re-gards to the requency, sizeand nature o events andestivals to be held withinByron Shire.’CFFS represents over 30progress associations, com-munity and environmentgroups in the weed andByron region.Mr Nicolson added thatit nds the right balance be-tween encouraging the lo-cal music and arts industry,while protecting the com-munity, its inrastructure,amenities and environmentrom the excesses o toomany major, high impactestivals.‘We applaud council orits careul and considered vote on the issue.‘We believe that thepolicy nds the right bal-ance between encouragingthe local music and artsindustry, while protectingthe community, its inra-structure, amenities and
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October 12, 2010
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environment.‘We applaud council or itscareul 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 aectthem?Artscape’s Merran Mor-rison told
he Echo
, ‘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 eective 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 oc-er doesn’t think we can eithera) raise the money (orwhich one needs an approvalrst!) orb) pull it o on a shoestring?‘Council’s decision not torecommend a part time orull time events ocer 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 ocer 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 unolded.‘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 Echo
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 beatMicrosot, WOMADelaide,Sydney’s FIFA, Te Austral-ian ennis Open 2010 andSydney’s New Year’s Eve Cel-ebrations.’Held annually over Easteror the last 21 years, the veday event attracts peoplerom around the world andacross Australia. Last yearBlues Fest showcased art-ists on six stages or 12 hoursdaily with over 200 peror-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.
Photo supplied.
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 hubor 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 caé.Te community is encour-aged to view the proposedpool online at bangalowpool.com.au.
Bangalow’s new pool on drawing board
Hans Lovejoy
he police, apparently, plusa ew neighbours surround-ing the streets o Byron’s CBDprecinct.A trial o amplied 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 signicant issue in re-lation to street related violence.’However musician DavidAdes, a regular street perorm-er, told
Te Echo
, ‘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?
Te Byron Shire Echo
October 12, 2010
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A short lm eaturing ‘OllieTe Apprentice’ was aired atthe opening o the revampedByron Regional College lastWednesday.Ollie’s journey through theconstruction took the vieweronto the building site to high-light the many eco riendly additions which are also men-tioned on several plaquesadorning the walls o the stu-dios and oces.ricia Shantz who was theSecretary o Byron Adult Edu-cation or 14 years, gave a brie history o adult education inthe Byron Shire, saying thatthe original grant rom thegovernment was or $1,000and it grew rom there.
Council praised
College director RichardVinycomb that the college hadbeen ortunate to get the maxi-mum amount possible romthe 2009 government hand-out as only about 20 commu-nity colleges had received agrant and many missed out.Mr Vinycomb also praisedcouncil or their swif responsewhen haste was needed.‘I want to acknowledgecouncil,’ he said. ‘Without thesupport o Jan Barham andRay Darney we wouldn’t havegot it up.’Richard also expressed hisextreme gratitude to the build-er revor Holdsworth and thearchitect Mark Halord whose vision and expertise made thedream a reality.Mark is currently over-seas and not able to attendthe event but his amily andmother were present to enjoy the opening celebrations.Richard concluded by say-ing that the it was by the dedi-cation o an incredible collegecommittee and sta that thecollege was able to continue tooperate during the renovationprocess.Mayor Jan Barham de-scribed the acility as a tri-umph.‘his was just a pretty grungy old shed,’ she said. ‘Ithas been a labour o love thatis a real credit to everyoneinvolved. Te college is a real vision.‘In a community that soofen seems divided, this is ashared vision.Local MP Don Page spokebriey adding that the trans-ormation o a ‘daggy ware-house’ was amazing.‘his is a wonderul envi-ronmentally riendly acility and something to behold,’ hesaid. ‘Te Byron Shire has em-braced adult education andthis is one o the best acilitiesout o the 63 across the state.’For more visit www.byroncol-lege.org.au.
Byron Region Community College’s Sustainability Ocer Katrina Shields

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