IN MANY ANZAC Day ceremonies, a cenotaph is a central focus as a place to remember soldiers both returned and fallen.
The Byron Bay RSL Sub Branch announced in early February that they would receive $39,400 in federal funding to refurbish the memorial gates and build a cenotaph wall near the Recreation Grounds on Marvel Street and work has now been completed.
THE CROWDS have returned to their jobs, the felt hats have been put away, the selfies have been uploaded to Instagram and the festival hangover is about to reach critical levels.
Splendour 2016 introduced three new spaces, the World Stage within the Global Village area, the Indian-inspired Marigold Majestic and the Very Small Suburb that brought some of Australia’s favourite food and fashion to Byron.
NATALIE IMBRUGLIA was out and about in Byron Bay late last week amid rumours she has just bought her own $1.3 million stake in the star-studded holiday spot.
THERE IS no truth in the rumour that popular Gold Coast Mexican restaurant, the Pickled Cactus, is planning a new outlet in Byron Bay.
Despite whispers doing the rounds in Mexican aficionado circles across the Coast, Pickled Cactus spokesperson Taylah Minikin, a Byron girl herself, said the rumours are unfounded.
“I’m not sure how these rumours started,” she said.
“But it might be because we are expanding into bigger premises across from Harbour Town in the Harbourside Markets complex.”
The Pickled Cactus has the reputation of being arguably the best Mexican restaurant on the Gold Coast, having been personally endorsed by Australia’s original Mexican restaurateur, the late and greatly missed Michael “Mexican Mick” Cambray.
WHALE WATCHING is one of Byron Bay’s most engaging events on offer, as this brilliant video by Scott Wilson clearly shows!
Happy endings for this humpback mother and calf!
Video Credit: @scottwilsonimagery
IT’S TAKEN a few decades, but on Saturday, Jean (Mrs Busy Line) Wright was back in the saddle, hand setting cold metal type at the Pimpama Print Museum.
Jean and her husband Reg owned Wrightprint from the early 1960s to when they sold it in 1986.Previously Reg had been boss at the Norco print factory at a time when Norco was the largest dairy factory in the southern hemisphere.
THOUSANDS OF festivalgoers have been left angry and exhausted after the wait for buses away from the Splendour in the Grass site hit more than three hours.
Riot squad police were on site as the first night of the festival near Byron Bay ended with big crowds hitting bottle-necked queues for buses without any explanation for the delay.
BYRON SHIRE Council General Manager, Ken Gainger, has been reappointed for another four years in the top council job.
Confirmed unanimously by Councillors, the appointment will see Mr Gainger support the next term of Council through until 2020.
Mayor Simon Richardson welcomed the announcement and said Mr Gainger’s strong leadership performance will give much needed continuity and stability to the Council’s operations.
“Ken’s extensive local government background and can-do attitude has allowed a fresh new operational culture to be built.
“As a result, the organisation structure has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure that it better reflects the communities’ needs and work programs.
“Financially we are now in a good position in the short term and have a progressive plan that aims to ensure our Council is sustainable through the next decade.
“And our roads and ageing infrastructure are improving as a direct result of Ken’s commitment to allocating funding from efficiency and procurement savings, reviewing underperforming assets and sourcing new revenue streams so we can put it towards renewing our assets.”
There’s still more work to be done and tough decisions ahead, but Mayor Richardson said he was confident that Mr Gainger was firmly focused on delivering Byron Shire’s vision of working for a better future.
“Open and transparent, Council looks forward to having Ken help lead us towards a sustainable future that balances our people, the environment and economic diversity,” Mayor Richardson said.
BYRON BAY has unfortunately topped NSW for the most drink-driving offences for the end of the financial year June 30.
Police, however, are pleased that more drivers are getting the message not to drink and drive as the number of people caught has significantly fallen.
Police conducted more than 6 million random breath tests in the year ending June 30, resulting in the prosecution of one driver for every 343 tests, down from one in 305 in the previous financial year.
“Clearly education, raising awareness and more RBT all contributed to this result, which is pleasing considering that when RBT was first introduced in 1982, 1253 people died on the road, compared to 350 fatalities last year,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said.
“However, we remain concerned that some drivers continue to think it is acceptable to get behind the wheel after drinking, and we will continue to target them for the safety of all road users.”
In the financial year ending June 30, police charged 18,563 drivers to drink-drive offences, compared to 19,161 in the same period the year before.
Top locations for drink-driving offences were:
- Byron Bay: 185
- Coffs Harbour: 160
- Port Macquarie: 154
- Dubbo: 136
- Albury: 122
- Orange: 118
- Queanbeyan: 102
- Goulburn: 100
- Griffith: 97
- Armidale: 95
“In the previous financial year, the rate for drink-driving was 1 in 305 and in 2012, it was 1:188. We will continue to target this unacceptable behaviour and get drink-drivers off the road,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.
Penalties for drink driving
High range PCA (blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 or above)
Refuse a breath analysis, hinder or obstruct taking of a blood sample, wilfully alter the concentration in the blood.
- Maximum court -imposed fine: 1st offence $3,300, 2nd $5,500
- Maximum jail term: 1st 18 months, 2nd 2 years
- Minimum disqualification: 1st offence 12 months, 2nd 2 years
- Maximum disqualification: Unlimited
- Automatic disqualification: 1st 3 years, 2nd 5 years
- Immediate licence suspension: Yes
Mid-range PCA (blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 to less than 0.15)
- Maximum court -imposed fine: 1st offence $2,200, 2nd $3,300
- Maximum jail term: 1st 9 months, 2nd 12 months
- Minimum disqualification: 1st offence 6 months, 2nd 12 months
- Maximum disqualification: Unlimited
- Automatic disqualification: 1st 12 months, 2nd 3 years
- Immediate licence suspension: Yes
Low range PCA (Blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 to less than 0.08)Low, novice or special range PCA
Novice range PCA
(Blood alcohol concentration over zero for novice drivers)
Special range PCA
(Blood alcohol concentration over 0.02 for special category drivers)
- Maximum court -imposed fine: 1st offence $1,100, 2nd $2,200
- Maximum jail term: N/A
- Minimum disqualification: 1st offence 3 months, 2nd 6 months
- Maximum disqualification: 1st 6 months, 2nd unlimited
- Automatic disqualification: 1st 6 months, 2nd 12 months
“These penalties are severe for a reason; to act as a deterrent to road users and help avoid serious injury or death caused by drink-driving,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.
BYRON BAY’S brewing company Stone and Wood have taken out a top gong for one of their beers at a national conference.
It was at the culmination of the Australian Craft Brewers Conference at a special awards ceremony on Thursday evening when the announcement of this year’s award winners was made.
The event saw more than 400 of the industry’s leaders gather under the one roof at Lightspace in the Valley.
Individual beers from Pale Ales to French and Belgian Style beers were awarded best-of-the best accolades throughout the night.
Stone and Wood won the best Wheat class beer for Stone and Wood Gose
Throughout this entire week, craft beer aficionados and experts converged at ACBC 2016 at the Royal International Convention Centre.
It was the first time the event was held in Brisbane and more than 600 industry leaders from across the craft beer supply chain attended throughout the entire event.
Chris McNamara, Executive Officer of the Craft Beer Industry Association (CBIA) said the calibre of craft beer in Australia had reached new heights.
“It is no secret that the popularity of craft beer in recent years has heralded major changes to the industry,” Mr McNamara said.
“Only a couple of years ago craft beer was still considered a niche industry but now it is very much the mainstream.
“The level of entries at this year’s awards have surpassed the quality of previous years and the flavours and techniques Australia’s leading craft brewers have employed are world-class.”