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Malibu Club raises $18k for local charities

A recent presentation night at the Byron Bowlo was held by the Byron Bay Malibu Club, where an impressive $18,000 was  donated to local charities. 

Ten Tweed Community Clubs donate $32,000 for sick babies

New equipment to help provide urgent medical care for sick babies and infants has arrived at the Tweed Valley Hospital, thanks to a generous donation to Our Kids from Tweed Community Clubs.

Byron’s foreshore future – a closer look

Plans for Byron Bay’s foreshore are on exhibition until July 31 – Council staff propose options and a ten-year vision for the much-used space, including the removal, or partial removal of the carpark around the pool and Fishheads restaurant. 

Regen Ag program on offer

Farm entrepreneurs in agrifood, agtech or agriwaste who are in start-up, or scale-up mode, are encouraged to apply for a eight-week, fully funded accelerator program at the Byron Community College.

Federal Labor funds Mullum hospital site masterplan  

A $263,000 federal grant has been awarded to Byron Shire Council for a masterplan and development strategy for the former Mullumbimby Hospital site.

Veterans honoured for their service

On July 11, the Byron Bay RSL sub-branch held an inaugural memorial service to officially recognise the veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Arabian Gulf, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. 

There are some stunning visual effects in Ridley Scott’s latest blockbuster/bumbreaker, but perhaps the most impressive of all is how, as Moses, Christian Bale manages to morph into Charlton Heston, albeit with a whispered and barely intelligible enunciation.

The casting in general is shonky in the extreme – John Turturro as King Seti flounces around like a haberdasher in after-hours drag; Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad, in the part of Joshua, is in a state of constant bewilderment and looking like he needs a hit of meth (I half expected him at any minute to address Moses as Mister White); Joel Edgerton’s surly sulking Ramses the Great is a kind of nasty Maximus in eye makeup and Ben Mendelsohn plays Hegep, one of Ramses’s officials, with high-camp silliness.

Unlike in Scott’s mighty Gladiator, where we were led down a storyline unknown to us, with an ending never blatantly flagged, this movie has absolutely nothing happening of which we’ve not already been informed.

There’s the burning bush, the plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea – enough already, I groaned inwardly. To perhaps lift that dead weight of over-familiarity, Scott has come up with the quirky if not terribly kosher idea of having God personified by a repulsive little boy who is forever demanding more of Moses and who ultimately exercises his spiteful wrath by inflicting upon the people of Egypt the mass slaughter of innocent children that is commemorated in the observance of the Passover.

Despite the title, there is no interest shown in the fascinating deities and highly ritualised religious practices of ancient Egypt, but the scene where rampaging crocodiles go on a bloody feeding frenzy in the Nile, leaping bodily out of the river to clutch fishermen in their ferocious jaws, is a ripper – in fact I was at the point of nodding off before it happened.

The art direction is seductive, with plenty of thrilling aerial shots, but you could probably think of more beneficial ways to spend $140 million.

~ John Campbell


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