Tommy in his Elements


Nicqui Yazdi whips out the mobile as Tommy Franklin water-wrestles an inflatable white swan at Elements’ lavish opening pool party.

Elements’ opening pool party on Monday was indeed ‘lavish’. Delta Kay and a troupe of Arakwal dancers performed on the ceremony space overlooking the beach, a helicopter rested in the grounds and women held horses as more than 200 mostly local guests wandered the grounds sipping the new Veuve Cliquot Rich.

It was also an opportunity for Mullumbimby artist Suvira McDonald to see his steel-rod sculpture ­Chorus in place at the grand entrance.

Executive chef Justin Dingle-Garciyya proved his worth, serving up a great range of delicacies around the infinity pool while a DJ played, spotlights raked the clouds and firetwirlers and drummers did their thing. Owner Peggy Flannery said that it was her ‘greatest wish to contribute positively to the Byron tourism experience’.

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