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February 8, 2023

Byron’s silver peril

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Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

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What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Art imitates life in What’s Love Got to Do with It? a 2022 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.  The precis reads: ‘Set between London and Lahore, a filmmaker documents her childhood friend and neighbour’s arranged marriage to a bride from Pakistan.’

Swivel flop-flop

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Corporate governance breaches

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Lismore trial of recycled crushed glass in concrete

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A big month in the House

Back by popular demand is the Moontide Ensemble in their farewell show before heading overseas. The Moontide Ensemble returns to the Brunswick Picture House to perform their highly regarded audiovisual show. 

Flood rebuilds hampered by ‘like-for-like’ insurance clause

Attempts by flood-affected homeowners to retrofit their homes with flood-resilient materials are being cruelled by insurance companies and builders, a local resident says.

Paul Davies, Suffolk Park

I write in support of Ali Nankivell’s call for everyone to take a cold shower over Byron’s latest cultural asset, Corey Thomas’s sculpture on Ewingsdale Road.

People from Melbourne will recall the saga of the ‘yellow peril’ (Vault by Ron Robertson Swann). It cost $70,000 and was also greeted with general outrage in 1980.

Dubbed ‘the yellow peril’ by a hostile press, the sculpture was shifted around, like an unwanted foster child, before finally finding a home in the Centre for Contemporary Arts on the Yarra’s Southbank. It is now regarded as an important local icon.

The point about site-specific sculpture is that it’s meant to evoke a reaction. (Did some one say ‘Dada’?) Irrespective of how it came about, Thomas’s work has already guaranteed its place in our local cultural history simply by virtue of the passionate public response generated.

It has provoked a typically articulate and energetic pushback with reports of some of the birds being stolen and a large plastic phallus making a brief appearance. People are actively taking part in its ongoing physical evolution.

Let’s remember that Gustave’s Eiffel Tower evoked similar outrage when it first started appearing over Paris’s strict five-storey height limit with demands for it to be immediately torn down. What about the hostile reaction to Gough Whitlam’s purchase of Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles, now worth many tens of millions.

Mullumbimby has a wooden pelican, Ballina its plastic prawn; where was the protest when that went up! On Ross Lane it’s a rusting giant surfboard; even Mooball has the Big Motor Bike. Let’s just chill a bit; maybe one day we’ll look back and wonder what all the fuss was about.


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