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A quiet day in Bruns after arrests and lock-ons

Though no machinery arrived at Wallum this morning, contractors and police were on the development site at Brunswick Heads as well as dozens of Save Wallum protesters. 

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Invitation to get to know the real Nimbin

The MardiGrass Organising Body (MOB) say Nimbin's annual festival will kick off with the launch of a very special audiovisual book on Friday 3 May, 'Out There: a potted history of a revolution called Nimbin'.

Keeping an eye on the landscapes of the Tweed

Tweed Shire Council says they have made a commitment to identify and protect the Tweed’s unique landscape, to this end a draft Scenic Landscape Protection Policy has been prepared to ensure the Shire’s spectacular scenery is front of mind when there is new development, change in land use, or when preparing related new policy.

Who is our next GG?

Sam Mostyn has been announced by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese as Australia's next governor-general. So what sort of woman is she, and why has her appointment sent the right wing media into a tizz?

All those macas and the Festival of Love

This season’s organic nuts have not been harvested so it is a harvest festival where festivalgoers can pick five kilos free as part of their festival entrance fee which is payable in the new paper money being launched at the Off-Grid Macadamia Festival of Love, to be held at Macas Camping Ground where The Elders of Gaia will be discussing how to get back the many freedoms recently lost and get sanity into local, national and global management.

Wallum showdown unfolds in Brunswick Heads

Around eight people have been arrested so far, since almost fifty police arrived at the Wallum development in Brunswick Heads this morning to escort machinery and other work vehicles on to the site. Police include local officers, members of the NSW Public Order and Riot Squad, and Police Rescue.

School holidays at the market

Victoria Cosford School holidays shouldn’t only be holidays for children. Parents too are entitled to a break in routine, the...

Chasing the great song

‘It started with a small obsession to write the perfect song, with everything I would want in it’, says Kato. ‘Of course as I grew older my opinion of a great song changed quite a bit. In the end, I found that the songs that were true to life had the most impact. Artists like Bob Dylan and a younger Neil Young began to shape my expectations and thoughts about songs. At the fragile age 18 you are bound to write about a few things. Love – lost, found and destroyed. This was to be my theme for my first release in 2009, whether I liked it or not…

WP-Garrett-Kato-_-TF-IMG_2286At the age of 23, Kato relocated himself to the beaches of Byron Bay. Here he began performing at local cafes and bars throughout the town alongside drummer Ben Livermore. A few months later the duo was spotted by platinum recording artist Pete Murray. Murray introduced Kato to engineer and producer Anthony Lycenko and they began work on his first Australian release Love. Murder. Songs.

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2012 was an exciting year for Kato, celebrating the release Love. Murder. Songs. EP, Kato toured the east coast of Australia and western Canada independently. Also scoring an opening slot for folk icon Jack Johnson at the Byron Bay international Film Festival.

Hipster Kids – recorded in Kato’s home studio – is a far cry from previous folk releases. A haunting yet grungy vocal appears reverberating through a thickness of bass and spacious beats.

With its dark and satirical lyric themes, Hipster Kids questions an overgrown suburban pop culture in mesmerising simplicity. This new single highlights Kato’s songwriting versatility and marks the evolution of his sound.

 

 


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Springing to life in the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens this April school holidays, Understory is a magical, interactive theatre adventure created for children by Roundabout Theatre.

Wallum urban development back in court

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