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$25,000 from Splendour in the Grass

$25,000 from Splendour in the Grass

Community Grants from first event announced

Following the inaugural event at North Byron Parklands, the venue in conjunction with Splendour in the Grass is thrilled to announce their community grant recipients.

A total of $25,000 will be distributed to:

Shores United Soccer Club – $10,000

Tidy Towns Ocean Shores – $5,000

WIRES – $2,000

Ocean Shores Primary School – $2,000

Crabbes Creek Primary School – $2,000

The Pocket Primary School – $2,000

Brunswick Heads Primary School – $2,000

In keeping with Splendour in the Grass’s long tradition of providing grants to their host community, every event held at North Byron Parklands will give community grants. “It is only appropriate that we give back” said Splendour in the Grass organiser Jessica Ducrou. “We acknowledge that not everybody benefits from events”.

Splendour in the Grass has donated over $350,000 in direct cash donations throughout the Byron shire during their 13 year history. This figure excludes funds raised through the many hundreds of tickets donated to schools and community groups. It also excludes the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised at the festival itself by community groups over the years.

“We struggle from year to year to exist” said Mark Patten, President of the Shores United Soccer Club. “This is a marvellous thing for a small struggling club. It’s really going to help with the Club’s survival and will ensure that future generations of young people will be able to play the game of soccer at Ocean Shores. We live hand to mouth and this is a huge cash injection. This donation of $10,000 far and away exceeds any we have ever received in the history of the Club”.

Tina Petroff is President of Ocean Shores Tidy Towns Committee. “It’s awesome to have the support of North Byron Parklands for our local environmental and landcare efforts” she said. “Donations are very hard to come by! This $5,000 will go toward much needed and currently worn out equipment as well as regular maintenance programs at the Lions and Shipway Lookout on Divines Hill and other reserves throughout Ocean Shores”.

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Juzzie Smith does Fathers’ Day at Byron at Byron

Juzzie Smith does Fathers’ Day at Byron at Byron

One of the Byron Shire’s most celebrated fathers will play for the annual Fathers’ Day lunch celebration at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa.

“Being a father is what made me become a playful musician” said Juzzie Smith, “and that’s when I became well known. People connected with that playfulness. Being a dad brings an amazing simplicity and joy in life”.

Juzzie’s unique music embraces elements of the blues, country, groove and roots as he masterfully combines guitar, harmonica and percussion. He plays up to five instruments at once and recently added juggling shaker balls that you have to see to believe.

He took up the harmonica at thirteen and by 23 he had won the coveted Golden Harmonica at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Byron Blues Blowout twice. Tired of late nights gigging, he quit his band, bought an old bus, packed up his family and took off on a busking tour of Australia. The rest is history.

Guests can dine from the normal a la carte menu or enjoy the special Fire Pit Fathers’ Day lunch – local meats and fish cooked over hickory on the resort’s open charcoal grill.

“Fathers’ Day at the Byron at Byron should be real fun because the whole family can kick back and enjoy the show” said Juzzie. “Come along and take some time out for yourself as above all this music soothes the soul and makes the heart sing”.

Fathers’ Day Lunch at The Byron at Byron Sunday 1st September, midday.

Please contact 02 66392105 or

Bookings are essential.

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Suite Friday

Suite Friday

Bring on that Friday feeling early and plan your weekend getaway to Byron today. Take the early mark you deserve and escape with special Friday rates from $285 for two people including full buffet breakfast daily at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa.

Every suite boasts a lounge and dining room, separate bedroom with California king bed, kitchen, two separate enclosed verandahs and luxurious bathroom with free standing bathtub for two. Natural luxury at its best.

Subject to availability, valid until September 19 2013.

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North Byron Parklands says Thank you

North Byron Parklands says Thank you

After seven years of planning and working with community members, Council and various regulators, North Byron Parklands is pleased with how their inaugural event, Splendour in the Grass, has rolled out.

“The success of this first event was made possible with the help of the wider community” said North Byron Parklands’ General Manager Mat Morris. “In particular North Byron Parklands would like to sincerely thank:

* The residents of Jones Road, Yelgun Road, Wooyung Road, Billinudgel Road and all other immediate neighbours. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding;

* The community in the north of the Byron Shire;

* The hundreds of local volunteers who worked to make the event a success;

* The local businesses who embraced event patrons, making them feel welcome and providing assistance and directions where possible;

* The wider Byron Shire business community who provided goods and services to both the venue and the event;

* The Rural Fire Service volunteers who worked tirelessly;

* The wildlife rescue team, our team of ecologists, the eco cops, green chiefs and green team who commendably covered our environmental bases; and

* NSW Police, Byron Shire Council and other regulatory authorities.

“As this was our first event we experienced some teething problems” said Morris. “We are listening to feedback and will work to ensure that these are addressed.

The next event at North Byron Parklands will be The Falls Festival, being held from December 31.

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