18.4 C
Byron Shire
April 12, 2021

Dunstan’s Peacebus needs upgrade

Latest News

Dead rats in the Byron bubble?

Poppa Veet Mayo, Main Arm Am I the only one who can smell a dead rat in this bubble called...

Other News

Refugees to benefit from Palm Sunday rally

Refugees living in Brisbane on final departure visas will directly benefit from donations made at the recent Ballina Region for Refugees Palm Sunday rally.

Take a ticket

Council’s Draft Complaint Handling Policy is on exhibition! It’s a document that, if drafted carefully, could provide the public with confidence that Council take complaints seriously and accountability will apply when a complaint is found to be true.

Kyogle unveils writers fest program

Billed as 'a small-town festival with big ideas', Kyogle Writers Festival is shaping up to be a great celebration of writing. 

Policy not ‘housekeeping’

Heather Martin, Mullumbimby According to a report in The Echo (24 March), the planning staff’s proposed amendments to LEP 2014...

Sick to my stomach

Gabi Giacomin, Ocean Shores I cannot believe it! We have voted for a Green MP, a Green Council, we have...

Essential businesses recognised

A sticker initiative, to say ‘Thank you’ and support local retailers’ doing it tough is adorning Mullum shops, owing in part to efforts by resident Angela Bambach.

Graeme Dunstan. Photo Jeff Dawson.

At 76 years, the longtime and far-ranging peace, justice and environmental activist, Graeme Dunstan, is doing okay. Thanks to more than a little help from his friends.

But Peacebus, his chariot and the stuff of legend, is now worn out. With 630,000km on the clock and no reverse gear, there is no going back for Peacebus… and little more going forward either.

Graeme is appealing to his friends via Chuffed.org to help him out.

In the Rainbow Region of NSW, Graeme is known as a key co-creator of the 1973 Nimbin Aquarius Festival and, subsequently, as one of the leading pioneers of the counterculture that became established afterward across the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

He has had a lifetime of co-creating innovative events, events as diverse as the first-ever Lismore Arts Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Dolphin Music Awards, the Burning of Old Man Time, the Rockhampton Tiger Ploughshare trial, the Lismore Lantern Festival, the #ClosePineGap campaign and the Anzac eve Peace Vigil at the Australian War Memorial.

For 20 years now he has been on the road with Peacebus, his mobile home and campaign vehicle.

He says, ‘It’s a tradie’s van fitted out with a bunk and rudimentary kitchen’.

‘Under the bunk are crates of banners and flags for dressing public places with colour and getting messages noticed. On the roof racks are horn speakers for getting heard and bundles of bamboo poles for mounting flags.

On the side of Peacebus, a campaign mural is mounted. These are distinguished by his daughter’s excellent design and his own careful brushwork.

Creating cultural movement is what Graeme has always aimed to do. Supporting other people in their acts of resistance is what he likes to do best.

Being visible as an elder and setting a good example to new generations of activists is what Graeme and his Peacebus do. 

Keep Peacebus rolling on.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Linen SHIFT project urgently needs new home

With a vision to disrupt the cycle of women’s homelessness, the Linen SHIFT project was born to provide unique individual support and education for at-risk women in a safe residential environment, but today they they have been forced to close.

Bayside, The Corso

Annie Radermacher, Brunswick Heads A clear description of the proposed development as presented to the public was of 37 boarding rooms for professional couples who...

Essential businesses recognised

A sticker initiative, to say ‘Thank you’ and support local retailers’ doing it tough is adorning Mullum shops, owing in part to efforts by resident Angela Bambach.

Francis Cloake in running for National Portrait Prize

Byron Bay's Francis Cloake is one of two Northern Rivers photographers named as a finalist in the prestigious Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.