Revs’n’Rockabilly to rock the Tweed

COOLY Rocks On is kicking off the year with an extended Revs’n’Rockabilly event at Tweed Heads next weekend, February 15 and 16.

Fans will get to enjoy music, dancing and classic cars and hot rods on Saturday night and all day on Sunday.

This year, there will be twice the entertainment on offer with high-energy rockabilly quartet The Zephyr Project joined by DJ Jimmy D on the Saturday, while the Warren Earle Band, Skooterz and DJ Rhythm Man Mark kick it up on Sunday.

Chief executive officer Bob Newman says the fantastic response to last year’s event demanded it be expanded over two days for 2014.

“Cooly Rocks On fans who can’t wait until May 30 for the best 11 days of 50s and 60s nostalgia in Australia will get a great dose over the Revs’n’Rockabilly weekend,” Bob said.

Mr Newman said Revs’n’Rockabilly has established itself on the local calendar as a premier warm-up event for Cooly Rocks On.

“This is the sort of music, cars and atmosphere that have played a part in bringing thousands of people from around Australia and overseas to this region for years now,” Bob says.

Saturday’s fun will start with the pre-1970 car cruise and display, with the music underway from 6PM QLD time. On Sunday the gates will be open for the Show and Shine from 9AM QLD time and the  music will also get underway at 1pm QLD time.

Revs’n’Rockabilly is on February 15 and 16 at Pioneer Country, Fraser Drive, Tweed Heads South.

Admission is $10 for adults, and children under 16 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. Weekend passes are available for just $15, but these are strictly limited to the first 300 sold.

For more details, go to www.coolyrockson.com

Calls for Gold Coast surf plan

LOCAL surfers are up in arms over plans to re-classify Currumbin Alley and Tallebudgera Creek as navigation channels.

The City of Gold Coast is reportedly behind the move and has sent a letter to the LNP asking for permission to dredge to create a designated boating channel.

Founder of Gold Coast Surf Council Brad Farmer said no action should be taken until a holistic approach is agreed to.

He said the City of Gold Coast should come up with a surf management plan.

“Gold Coast city, as the foremost surf city in the world, is yet to formulate a surf management plan, it’s been a year in discussion and nothing’s been done”, Mr Farmer said.

He added “things like cruise ship terminals and Currumbin Alley (pictured courtesy of southerngoldcoast.com.au) are all part of that, so it has to be a big picture approach”.

Mr Farmer said the plan must address a variety of things including our problems with erosion, the ability of vessels to navigate channels and the fact that an additional 2,000 people are entering the surf zone every year.

He said we are also moving into a conflict between user groups, between State and Local Government and has called for a summit to be held to work out what kind of city we want into the future “otherwise it’d turn into a Miami, Florida, Las Vegas”.

The other risk, Mr Farmer highlighted was that people “would have to pay to to go to the beach and there’s rules and regulations and no one wants that”.

“Australian beaches are free and open to all people and I’m putting it back to the Mayor of the Gold Coast to put his money where his mouth is and to enact a surf management plan” Mr Farmer said.

Silence of the Hams

FINALLY, we have a Liberal politician who listens to the electorate and stands up to the government to defend their constituents!

Unfortunately, it is not one of the Gold Coast’s pampered princesses.

Yesterday I called for Moncrieff MP Steve Ciobo to stop posturing on TV for a moment and instead stand up for the local radio stations that are getting screwed by double-dipping multinational record companies.

So imagine my delight when he suddenly turned up all over radio and television, again, talking about a politician being an advocate for constituents.

Alas, he was not talking about himself. And he was not exactly defending that politician.

Mr Ciobo – who failed to heed my gentle hint about his looming over exposure in the national media – was defending the Prime Minister against a Liberal colleague who called Tony Abbott a liar.

Liberal backbencher Sharman Stone was furious Mr Abbott blamed SPC Ardmona’s financial troubles on the workers, who mostly live in her electorate, having overly generous conditions.

Which is a bit rich coming from a politician. But that’s for another day.

So Ms Stone called it as she saw it and labelled the PM a liar, reeling off a bunch of facts (remember those?) about what the workers really earn.

“I understand her desire to be a very strong advocate for her area,” Mr Ciobo said.

Really Stevie? Do you really?

Of course there’s a butt, oops, I mean but – the Federal Government had to make decisions in the national interest, he explained.

So what exactly is the point of having local Members of Parliament ‘representing’ us in Canberra if they don’t actually represent us?

Anyone? Anyone?

Therefore, in the interest of, well, democracy, I have come up with five reasons why Mr Ciobo should stand up for the small local businesses in his city that are trying to run radio stations while the multinationals demand they pay extra for online simulcasts:

  1. It is a Member of Parliament’s job to represent their constituents.
  2. It’s a Member of Parliament’s … ummm, no, actually, that’s all I’ve got – IT’S HIS JOB!

Remember, if you think Mr Ciobo should take some time out from his busy round of national media appearances to support the local radio stations AND listeners on the Gold Coast, give him a call.

The lines are now open.

Steven Ciobo (Liberal MP) Moncrieff
Phone: 07 5504 6000
Fax: 07 5504 6944
Email: steven.ciobo.mp@aph.gov.au

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Schapelle could be released from Bali jail within days

CONVICTED drug smuggler Schapelle Corby could be released from her Balinese prison within days.

It has been revealed Indonesia’s Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin plans to sign-off on the 36-year-old’s request for parole by the weekend.

Mr Syamsuddin told reporters in Jakarta Schapelle’s case was just one of 1700 requests he had to approve and that the Gold Coaster would receive no special treatment.

The Minister has previously said he could see no reason why Schapelle’s parole bid would be rejected.

Schapelle has served nine years behind bars in Kerobokan jail after she was convicted of attempting to smuggle more than four kilograms of marijuana into Bali in a bodyboard bag back in 2004.

To this day, she has maintained her innocence.

If parole is granted, Schapelle would be required to comply with strict parole conditions, including serving out the remainder of her sentence in her sister Mercedes’ Kuta home.

She would also be required to work at her brother-in-law’s factory and dress respectfully. She would not be able to return to Australia until the end of 2017.

As we wait to find out whether or not the former Gold Coast Beauty Therapist will be granted freedom, a telemovie based on her life is due to hit the small screen in Australia.

Channel Nine’s highly anticipated feature “Schapelle”, is based on her arrest, trial and conviction played by Krew Boylan (pictured courtesy of news.com.au).

It premieres on our television screens on Sunday February 9, at 8.30pm.

Other characters featured include her sister Mercedes (Jacinta Stapleton), mother Rosleigh Rose (Denise Roberts), father Mick (Colin Friels), and her “white knights”: mobile phone mogul “Mad Ron” Bakir (Les Chantery) and Gold Coast lawyer Robin Tampoe (Vince Colosimo).

Also prominent in the Corby story are former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer (Francis Greenslade) and Australian Federal Police boss Mick Keelty (Michael Croaker).

From her prison cell in Bali, Schapelle Corby became Australia’s first multi-media celebrity of the internet era. Her case became front page news that captivated a nation and continues to polarise opinion.

Gold Coast sporting hero steps up for sick kids

THREE of Australia’s top professional athletes have joined forces to help one soft-cheeked pint-sized six-year-old on a mission of a lifetime to create a ‘Wonder Team’of sporting legends and everyday heroes to run, cycle, and swim for kids in hospital with stories like his.

Diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma at just three years of age, Oscar has become an inspirational ambassador for the Children’s Hospitals Foundation which relies on donations to fund medical research to help cure childhood illnesses and needs to recruit at least 40 people to complete the Wonder Team and raise a goal of $30,000 for the charity.

Three high-profile sporting stars have already pledged to join Oscar’s Wonder Team including dual Olympian and Gold Coaster Ky Hurst (pictured), professional cyclist Josh Maeder, and triathlon legend Jason Shortis.

With seven Australian Ironman titles under his belt Ky Hurst said lending his name and sport to the cause was the least he could do to help Oscar and the Children’s Hospital Foundation raise funds for families in need.

“My career has relied on being fit and healthy, but I don’t take for granted that illness can strike myself or my 15-month-old son at any time,” Ky Hurst said.

“As a father, Oscar’s story resonated with me and I’m only too happy to lend my sporting ability to help raise funds for this cause.”

Ky will join fellow professional athletes Josh Maeder and Jason Shortis on the Wonder Team to inspire others to help Oscar reach his target.

Oscar’s mother Brianna Preobrajensky said she was unbelievably proud of her son who has only recently entered the remission phase of his treatment.

“We couldn’t be prouder of Oscar as an ambassador for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, a charity which has helped our family so much,” Brianna said.

“He has grown from strength to strength and is just a normal energetic little boy trying to get through every day. He really can’t wait to cheer on the boys at the finish line on the day.”

The Children’s Hospital Foundation is the official charity partner for the 2014 Subaru Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival but Oscar still needs a minimum of 40 people to join the Wonder Team before registrations close on 21st February.

To join Oscar’s Wonder Team at the Mooloolaba Triathlon, Friday 14 to Sunday 16 March, visit the Working Wonders website.