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Stonefest band shown the curb
JUST weeks before some of the best
Australian performers were set to take
the stage at Canberra's longest running
festival, Stonefest, organisers have
cancelled the event and reformatted it
due to low ticket sales.
UC Live! and The Frontier Touring
Company made the announcement on
October 6 that the 43-year-old festival
would not run over three stages with
the likes of Jebediah, The Vines and
Josh Pyke, but instead would be a
dance and hip hop party.
Campus Life director Peter Dahl
said the change was necessary due to
years of declining attendance.
''Unfortunately we had to make the
decision to come up with a reformatted
event because ticket sales were not
tracking as expected,'' Mr Dahl said.
Mr Dahl said the new format would
provide the best vibe for punters and
performers, because the festival just
wouldn't have had enough people to
make it a success.
''You need a good audience to hold
a good event,'' he said.
''This is an opportunity for us to
present something different to the
The Stonefest Rock On party will be
held on Saturday, October 29, in the
UC Refectory and on the UC Con-
course with a focus on dance and hip
hop artists, including The Aston Shuf-
fle, Diafrix and Flight Facilities.
But it is local pop-punk duo Crash
the Curb who miss out most with the
new format. The group was meant to
open the Superstage at Stonefest for
some of the country's biggest musical
acts. But in the new format, there is
simply no place for them.
Drummer Grace Smith said they
were disappointed to miss out.
''Students seem to be really angry
about it, because so many people were
planning on going,'' she said.
While she is sad they will no longer
get to perform, she understands why
organisers made the decision they did.
''It's not really their fault that
people wouldn't buy tickets,'' she said.
Guitarist Adam Bridges agreed: ''I
think Canberra people sort of wait until
the last minute to buy tickets and
organisers need to know that they are
going to make their money, so they
need people to buy their tickets in
advance and no one did that really.''
This was to be the pair's first time
performing together at Stonefest, and a
rare opportunity for a local band to
perform at a large festival.
After winning Triple J Unearthed
more than a year ago, Crash the Curb
has only played a number of festivals.
''Not many people know us outside
of Canberra, so it's hard to get a gig
like that with such big bands,'' Bridges
said. The pair believe the rise in other
Canberra festivals, such as Groovin the
Moo and Foreshore Festival, which
will be held on November 26, has
impacted on Stonefest.
''I reckon people would have gone
and they would have made their money
but they just didn't want to risk it,
which is fair enough,'' he said
Mr Bridges has no plans to attend
the reformatted event. ''I'm not mas-
sively into dance or hip hop; if it was
still bands I'd absolutely go,'' he said.
Mr Dahl said it was too early to
know why ticket sales were down. He
believed it's not out of context with the
rest of the festival market in Australia,
where there is a glut of music festivals
putting pressure on others.
Despite this, Mr Dahl is confident
this is not the end for Stonefest.
''I think we'll be able to regrow the
festival,'' he said.
Ticket holders who purchased
Stonefest 2011 tickets can obtain a
Shirley Gourgaud, President
Latham residents have recently
contacted the Belconnen Community
Council regarding the safety of the
Stepping Stones crossing over Ginnin-
derra Creek at Latham near the turnoff
to Kippax. Roads ACT has proposed
building a pedestrian bridge. During a
meeting on September 21 at the
Stepping Stones, Tony Gill from
Roads ACT agreed that, due to the lack
of consensus for the pedestrian bridge,
we would discuss the issues further at
a public meeting. The staffroom at the
Latham Primary School has now been
booked from 6pm to 7.30pm on
Thursday, October 13. A draft agenda
and other documentation can be found
at our website, www.belcouncil.org.au
The Annual General Meeting of the
Belconnen Community Council will be
held at 7.30pm on October 18 in the
Belconnen Library, Chandler Street.
All positions will be declared vacant
and nominations for these positions are
required. Nominations should be re-
ceived by email to brianr@cyberone
.com.au no later than October 14.
You are invited to a Q&A Forum:
Gorges National Park at the Reception
Room, ACT Assembly Building, Civic
Square from 5.30pm to 7.30pm,
Monday, October 31. See www.gin
ninderra.org.au for details.
The year 2013, the Centenary of
Canberra, is fast approaching. The
ACT Government is keen to support
high quality, community driven pro-
jects, events and initiatives through the
Community Centenary Initiative Fund.
For information, visit www.canberra
100.com.au or phone community
engagement officer Dan Watters on
Gungahlin College considers split school
Penny Gilmour Picture: Elesa Lee
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Ms Beecher said that Amaroo School
is also a Preschool to Year 10 school
and is at capacity with 1470 students.
ACT Branch Secretary of the Aust-
ralian Education Union, Penny Gil-
mour, said teachers, students and the
community would need to be consulted
if the college decided to expand its
''Any ideas about how to manage
these sorts of situations ought to be
examined through genuine and
thorough consultation through all of
the stakeholders,'' she said. ''If you
explore running shifts then part of the
consideration of that has to be the
availability of staff to do that.
''I think there is such a thing as too
big and I think Gungahlin College was
built for 900 students and that's a
pretty good size.''
Ms Gilmour said that while a split
school day may not work, the answer
isn't to build a second college in
Gungahlin. She believes there is
capacity at Hawker College and Lake
Ginninderra College and possibly
Melba Copland to take students from
Gungahlin. ''There have to be some
smart decisions made about looking at
what existing infrastructure there is,"
"I think there's a very big, broad
discussion that needs to happen around
''At least in the short term, the
Government and the system may need
to look creatively at how it manages
that flow, because it isn't fair to expect
the college to simply cope.''
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