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Dustyesky – 30 not-quite-Russian men from Mullumbimby will be singing at the 'Seeing Red No Paid Parking Rally' at the Hotel Brunswick on Saturday, 11 November. Photo supplied.
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Angst, passion and the colour red will be shared at the ‘Seeing Red No Paid Parking Rally’ at the Hotel Brunswick on Saturday, 11 November at 6pm.

Dustyesky – 30 not-quite-Russian men from Mullumbimby – has met every week for three years to share a beer and sing Russian songs. Modestly, they describe the results as spectacular!

‘Dustyesky’s rise to fame includes making headlines on Russian television and we are thrilled that this choir will bring their passion to our Seeing Red Rally on Saturday evening,’ says Zac Tooth, Chamber of Commerce President.

‘Our community feels like we are facing the fight of our lives to protect our precious village from the negative impacts of paid parking. We are uniting in song, comedy and seriousness to share our resolve and passion to make sure Brunswick Heads remains paid-parking free!’ he says.

‘In the early 2000s the Brunswick Heads community pulled itself out of serious economic doldrums and low morale with a series of co-operative events, initiatives and the ‘simple pleasures’ branding, showing everyone that we are fully prepared to take responsibility for our own destiny. And we will continue to fight for that right,’ he says.

‘We are not at all happy with the way Council has ignored the findings of its own independent report. We are not happy with the survey bias nor with how we have been treated during some of the consultation sessions,’ explains Tooth.

‘The community has never been more determined to get the “No Paid Parking in Brunswick” message across to the decision makers.

‘We are not prepared to take the very real risks of losing businesses that will result in loss of jobs for our youth. We are not prepared to lose our valued visitors or our Simple Pleasures identity and village character.

‘Paid parking is just a cash grab. Paying for parking is not a Simple Pleasure. Take away our laid-back village vibe and you take away our heart and soul,’ he says.

‘Council needs to listen to us and abandon its ill-conceived plan to impose paid parking on our village. There is a growing trend in other towns around Australia for meters to be turned off or removed because of the detrimental impact they have had,’ explains Tooth.

‘It makes no sense to put Brunswick Heads at risk when parking problems can be easily resolved by better enforced and some shorter time limits as recommended by Council’s own independent study,’ says Tooth.

Councillors will be invited to join the Seeing Red No Paid Parking Rally and feel the community’s resolve and passion first-hand.

Stand up comedian Mandy Nolan will talk about the funny side of paid parking and in a generous gesture of comradeship, Dustyesky will perform from their repertoire of show stoppers.

‘Everyone is invited to come along to help support our village. Wear something red and be ready to sing along with Dustyesky!’, encourages Zac Tooth.

Hotel Brunswick on Saturday 11 November starting at 6 pm.

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