Council Grants: $45,000 Fund for Community Projects

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Council has available in its draft 2016/2017 Budget a donation pool of $45,000 for assistance to event organisers, community groups, not for profit organisations and individual persons.

Moneys can be used to assist you with the costs of insurances, reimbursement of application fees paid to Council, Council hall hire costs, trade waste fees, minor maintenance, equipment and other financial costs for you or your group to with operating costs in 2016/2017.

The requests for donations will be determined in accordance with Council’s Policies:

  • Section 356 Donations – Community Organisations, other Groups and Persons (up to $36,000 available)
  • Section 356 Donations – Assistance for Festivals and Community Functions (up to $7,000 available)
  • Section 356 Donations – Community Groups, Reimbursement of Council Application Fees (up to $2,000 available)

The above Policies can be found of Council website at

Applicants should ensure they read the policies prior to applying.

Applications are required to be supported by sufficient information to assist Council in assessing each application.  An application form must be completed and is available online at

The allocation of these donations for assistance is proposed to be considered at a Council Meeting in August 2016.


Joanne McMurtry, Community Project Officer, 02 6626 7316 or email

Expressions of interest close Friday 15 July 2016 4.00pm

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Bluesfest to Cancel Ticket Sales for 2017


THE NOW legendary five-day Byron Bay Bluesfest is well-known for selling tickets all year around, but tickets for the 2017 festival will be taken off sale next week.

The Bluesfest this week issued a media release announcing that it’s experienced “unprecedented sales”, even before the first artists have been announced for the next edition of the festival.

When tickets go on sale later in the year, they will be at a significantly higher price to “allow for Bluesfest organisers to deliver the high calibre of talent it has become renowned for. Bluesfest is committed to delivering exceptional artist line-ups year after year and if the festival was to continue selling at the current rate and price, this would not be feasible.”

Last year’s line-up included Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Tom Jones, Kendrick Lamar, Melissa Etheridge, Don McLean, The National and Jackson Browne.

The 28th Bluesfest, which will be held at the custom-built site just outside of Byron Bay, will take place over the 2017 Easter long weekend (April 13 to 17). Tickets are currently on sale at but will be taken off sale next week at the latest.

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble released the following statement about pulling together the 2017 line-up:

“Bluesfest 2017 is shaping up to be a very special year. I have been travelling and meeting artist’s managers and agents in the U.S. and the U.K. recently, and I can say it’s all coming together brilliantly. Whilst I don’t always get all the artists I approach to play, this coming year, so far, is looking like one for the books.

There isn’t one artist booked for Bluesfest that we don’t 100% believe will impress to the highest degree. From the first artist that plays on our smaller stages to our headliners, we take a deep pride in presenting the very best of the new emerging artists along with the legends.

Our discovery artists, time and time again have grown to be headliners in their own right, and we are not afraid to take a chance in booking great new artists like St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Kaleo and Kendrick Lamar from our 2016 festival, through to the new emerging Roots and Contemporary artists we will be announcing soon. 


We are now in the process of finalising negotiations with some of the world’s most famous artists.

Ticket sales have been just incredible, and now we are announcing we are going off sale for a time before returning with our first announcement. Now is your opportunity to buy your ticket at the best possible price.

I can tell you this, without a shadow of a doubt, Bluesfest 2017 will be one of our greatest events. This is our passion and what we live for.”

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How the Hippie Trail Became a Culture Crawl

How the Hippie trail became a culture crawl

The Cupcakes, Roundabout Theatre. Image by Jules Ober.

FORGET tie dye and psychedelia. Byron Bay and surrounds have been reinvented as a mecca for classy artisans and quirky festivals.

The region along the Legendary Pacific Coast and the Byron Bay hinterland holds a special place in the national cultural landscape. A generation ago the warm climate, evocative rainforests and stunning beaches drew the counterculture movement north.

Now the scenery has combined with the social history to inspire a new generation of artists and creative types to make their homes and studios here. Visitors come not just to bask on the beaches but to enjoy a part of Australia with a unique cultural identity.

The rich cultural life of the region is nurtured through Arts Northern Rivers, the peak support body for promoting arts and culture in the region. CEO Peter Wood told ArtsHub, ‘Our key focus is supporting local artists and creative businesses by providing core services like promotion, marketing and advocacy. We also work with specific sectors such as the music and visual arts sectors.’To celebrate the region’s cultural community, Arts Northern Rivers has initiated If These Halls Could Talk, a project that both acknowledges the artistic achievements of the region and provides a new cultural outlet. ‘We have targeted a local hall in each of our seven local government areas and have put a community engagement coordinator and a renowned artistic team in each hall to work with the local community on celebrating these halls and the role they play in our communities,’ said Wood.

There is plenty to celebrate. The region is home to a host of cultural activities, from theatre and sculpture to Highland dancing and surfing films.


If you’re feeling acrobatic, visit Circus Arts in Byron Bay. It offers circus classes for kids, toddlers and mums, as well as trapeze and aerial classes for adults. Further inland, the Bangalow Theatre Company holds popular kids’ classes and performances in the historic Bangalow Hall.

Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) is a theatre company in Lismore, providing both original productions and a forum for touring acts. The company has a program for developing and nurturing new works which has made it one of the few national known regional theatre companies.

Visual art

From glassblowers and cartoonists to perfume-makers and sculptors, Byron Bay and the surrounding regions are home to some of Australia’s most renowned artists. You can see many artisans along the Byron Arts Trail, a hive of activity with artist’s studios, galleries and workshops.

The Grafton Regional Gallery in Clarence Valley holds a sizable collection of regional, national and international art plus a diverse program of events, public programs and prizes. The Gallery is also behind the prestigious JADA award, a major acquisitive prize for Australian drawings.

Maclean is home to Kingstudio, a gallery and bed and breakfast run by local artists Julie McKenzie and Malcolm King. The gallery hosts a variety of workshops and events, including printmaking classes and residency programs.


Settled between Nimbin and Byron Bay, Bangalow is a haven for those seeking an alternative way of life. The renowned markets are held on the fourth Sunday of every month and are a gathering of locals, artists, bakers, therapists and farmers.

And while you’re in Bangalow, be sure to take a wander along the historic main street. Filled with gourmet stores, galleries and cafes, the town’s historic buildings have been restored to their former style, complete with wide verandas for al fresco dining.

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‘Insufficient Evidence’ for Paracetamol Link to Autism


SCIENTIFIC experts are dismissing claims that taking paracetamol in pregnancy is strongly associated with autism spectrum symptoms in boys.

A study in the International Journal of Epidemiology also found that paracetamol use in pregnancy was also associated with a higher risk of attention-related and hyperactive symptoms in children of both sexes.

‘Insufficient evidence’

However, Dr James Cusack, director of science at the autism research charity, Autistica, says in a statement: “This paper does not provide sufficient evidence to support the claim that there is a strong association between paracetamol use and the presentation of symptoms of autism.

“Rather, the results presented are preliminary in their nature, and so should not concern families or pregnant women. This is particularly true given the array of environmen

tal factors which have been associated with autism, only to be rejected later.”

For the study, Spanish researchers recruited 2,644 mother-child pairs in a birth study during pregnancy.

Autism assessments

The mothers were asked about their use of paracetamol during pregnancy, with more than 40% saying they had used the painkiller at some point. Exact doses could not be recorded because the mothers were unable to recall how much they had taken. Instead, they were classified as either never, sporadic or persistent.

Almost 9 out of 10 of the children were assessed when they were a year old and almost 8 out of 10 were assessed when they were 5.

When they were assessed at 5, the researchers found that those who had been exposed to paracetamol were at higher risk of hyperactivity or impulsivity symptoms.

Boys were more likely to exhibit more autism spectrum symptoms when persistently exposed to paracetamol, the researchers say.

‘No cause for alarm’

Commenting on the study in a statement, Professor Alan Cameron, vice president of clinical quality at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, says: “Paracetamol is one of the most common medicines used to reduce a high temperature and ease pain; it is safe and is used routinely during all stages of pregnancy.

“It is important to highlight that from these results we cannot determine a direct link between paracetamol usage and any neurodevelopmental problems. Future studies should take into account dosage as well as other possible contributory factors.

“However, women should not be alarmed by the results of this study and we recommend that pregnant women continue to follow current guidance and take the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time when necessary.”

Louise Silverton, director for midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, says in a statement: “This is an important study and whilst most women should if possible avoid taking medications during pregnancy, paracetamol has previously been seen as a low-risk drug to take if necessary and needed.

“Paracetamol should be used during pregnancy on medical or midwifery advice where women absolutely require something to, for example, help reduce fever.

“That said, it’s important to remember most women who use paracetamol minimally and only when necessary during their pregnancy will deliver a healthy baby.”

Paracetamol During Pregnancy Linked to Autism

Scientists found that children exposed to paracetamol in the womb were 41% more likely to display hyperactivity or impulsivity symptoms

Scientists found that children exposed to paracetamol in the womb were 41% more likely to display hyperactivity or impulsivity symptoms

WOMEN who take paracetamol painkillers when pregnant may increase the risk of their children developing autism or being hyperactive, research suggests.

Scientists found that children exposed to paracetamol in the womb were 41% more likely to display hyperactivity or impulsivity symptoms.

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END OF AN ERA: Maddog Close Their Doors

Founders of Maddog Surfboards John Morgan and Mark Plater have closed up shop after nearly 40 years.

Founders of Maddog Surfboards John Morgan and Mark Plater have closed up shop after nearly 40 years. Photo: Christian Morrow

MADDOG, the iconic surfing label started by John Morgan and shaper Mark Plater, is closing down after 40 years with the final sale continuing until this weekend at the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate.

Changes in the surfing business led to the decision to wind up Maddog but also at play was the original thinking that got the pair into the business.

“Back when we started, surfing was still a counter-cultural thing, and surfers were not the most popular members of the population,” said Mr Morgan.

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Byron ‘Gridlock’ Bay Set for Congested Summer

Byron 'Gridlock' Bay set for congested summer. Photo: Muzz Sinclair

Byron ‘Gridlock’ Bay set for congested summer. Photo: Muzz Sinclair

SUNDAY 3rd July marked the day when Byron Bayites got a taste of what’s to come over next summer. Traffic congestion between the Pass and the town centre appeared to be as bad as it’s ever been.

Right in the middle of winter. Locals can only imagine what’s to come once the Summer holiday season arrives.

There many comments about Byron Bay’s traffic congestion on Facebook overnight.

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Eating Bacon May Make You Live Longer


Bacon may have the ability to prolong your life, according to a recent study by researchers from ETH Zurich. Well, kind of.

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Byron GM Gainger’s Rail Corridor Idea


An artist’s impression of the community space within the rail corridor. Photo: Byron Shire Council

Byron shire’s general manager Ken Gainger has urged locals to look into tapping the potential of Byron Bay’s ‘unloved’ rail corridor for community use, while future proofing it for a return of a rail service.

Mr Gainger wants locals to ‘reimagine a space and take it from unloved and unlock its potential for community use’.

The GM said that ‘in the heart of the Byron Bay town centre, sits a strip of land that could foster creativity, provide a spot to rest, a place to have fun and become a launching pad for emerging local businesses’.

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Melbournites Snap Up Byron Properties

Allan Sinclair has sold his Wategos holiday house, Wattai, for $5.6 million.

Allan Sinclair has sold his Wategos holiday house, Wattai, for $5.6 million. Photo: Supplied

What is it about the obsession Melbourne’s well-heeled have for Byron Bay’s high-end holiday home market?

That fixation continued this week when former professional AFL player of the 1970s Allan Sinclair sold his Wategos holiday house, Wattai, for $5.6 million to another Melburnian.

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