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Casino for Broome

The proposal for a Casino has been on the burner for some time now, with many locals passionately against whilst many others think it will be the saviour for Broome’s economic growth.

Here’s what some of our locals had to say

Maryanne Martin

If it does come to Broome, provided it is monitored properly, it could be a good thing. I am business person and I hope they look for indigenous people to have employment there and not bring in outsiders. You have aboriginal people who have done Certificate IV in hospitality and also security. I run a security company and so if tenders do come, they will look in favour of our business, that has been already running for 5 years. With regards to anti-social gambling and stuff, its up to the people themselves, to not chuck all their money and go boozing up at the casino. It will be like an education, they will have to be well dressed, there are laws, gardia way. Its a bit of a yes and no no for me but its all about putting it in the right place, employing the right people, and not putting everything in their pocket but thinking of the locals. People are responsible for their actions. I wouldnt like kids to go without food or people to be facing the courts because of gambling and anti-social behaviour issues. They should have public transport so that people can come home safely, its about safety and risk. They gotta work in with the locals, the community, the Kimberley community, cos its gonna be a one stop shop, oh casino in Broome, lets go! and no more this friendly get together where they play cards, its gonna be whole different ball game.

Kevin Smith

‘Cable Beach’ is very general, which means a definitive statement on location is difficult to make. I would not support the building of a casino that has a detrimental impact on the natural values of Cable Beach and the adjoining Coastal Park and their associated ecosystems.

Nor would I support it if it impacted negatively on the general amenity of the region for beach users.
I would add that I would not support the establishment of a casino at all if there is any possibility of it contributing to social problems in the town.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK or just have a vote in the poll in the sidebar

Shinju Parade 2015 Photos

Another great parade for Shinju 2015. There were fairies and stunning thai ladies, gorgeous vintage cars, fire engines with their sirens blasting and their water jets spraying the crowd, speedway cars revving their engines, some amazing puppets .. bilbies, frill necks, and a 15 foot high pandanus tree.

The star of the show of course was Sammy the Dragon.

FASD Concert 2015

FASD Awareness Concert 2015FASD – Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Concert 2015

WHEN: Monday night 31st August at 5pm

WHERE: The iconic Staircase To The Moon Night Markets, Town Beach in Broome.

International FASD Day Of Awareness is Sept 9th.

Local musicians Naomi Pigram, Danielle Cairns (Black Minx duo), Steve Pigram, Jarlu & Dave and The Mexicans will be performing.

Featuring a photographic projection by Rachel Taylor and information about FASD, the evening will be a heartfelt occasion for the benefit of the unborn children of the Kimberley, emphasising that FASD is everyone’s responsibility, with far-reaching implications for us all.

THE REFLECTION TOUR

“An enthralling and powerful celebration of Australian music.”

The Reflection TourReflection brings together two Indigenous musical icons, William Barton and Stephen Pigram, with some of Australia’s finest instrumentalists for a program of music that reaches across cultures, time and place.

This unique combination of artists present sounds and songs as old as time alongside new stories of country and passion.

When:   Monday 21 September, 2015 .. 7.30pm

Where:   The Mangrove Hotel, Broome

Tickets:  Mangrove, Visitor Centre, visitbroome.com.au

Special Guests: William Barton, Stephen Pigram, and the Narli Ensemble

Featuring: Stephen Magnusson, Erkki Veltheim, Ron Reeves, Tristen Parr and Special Guests

THE REFLECTION TOUR

runs from 8–29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Playing: Kununurra, Wyndham, Beagle Bay, Djarindjin, Lombadina, One Arm Point, Broome, Port Hedland, Yandeyarra, Youngaleena, Newman and Perth.

Gunada Band

Gunada BandAn evening with Gunada Band and friends!

When:  Friday 4th September, 2015 .. 7 – 11 pm

Where:  Gimme Gimme Club, 7 Blackman Street, Broome

Cost: $20 entry
Featuring: Arnhem Hunter, Wayne Barker, Guy Ghouse and Ben Raja.
Friends:  Lorrae Coffin Band
Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse

For those who remember the band it will be a wonderful trip down memory lane and for others it will be a taste of a magical era in Broome’s musical history.
Hope to see you there!

Kevin Sheedy coming to Broome

Kevin Sheedy is coming to Broome from the 18th – 20th of June 2015.

He is holding training sessions for juniors and seniors for the community of Broome.
We are looking for Sponsorships from Business and other Associations.

Tickets are on sale from Monday the 18th of May for the two once in a life time events a Business Luncheon and a Sportsman Night
Contact the secretary of the Towns Football Club for further information
townsfcbroome@hotmail.com or 0409 113 288 and or Brett Murray 0418 904 808.

Toby and her band

Toby and her bandToby and her band are heading back to Broome and playing Divers on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June this year.

After launching her new album ‘Nobody Told Me’ at The Fremantle Arts Centre in February to a sold out crowd she is now bringing it north to Broome. After 22 shows in Europe (Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland) she’s currently hitting up the very wet and windy east coast for 16 shows before heading to Broome.

www.tobymusic.com.au
www.facebook.com/tobybeardmusic

BIO

“Toby – whose voice seems to know no bounds fronts the one part orchestra, one part bonfire jam, one part circus with ease…”

West Australian Blues/roots/indi artist Toby is so much more than your average singer-songwriter. She powers through each live performance with her own lyrical talent and fierce, dynamic vocals, with audiences revelling in the genuinity and honesty of both her songwriting and her performance. Her compelling vocals and the way in which she captures her audience can’t be explained but just needs to be heard and seen. Her live performance truly is a treat. Toby is passionate, raw, fun and powerful, with a mix of soul, blues, folk, rock and a splash of gypsy hick.

Her new album ‘Nobody Told Me’, was recorded at Bear Creek Studio in Seattle with acclaimed producer Ryan Hadlock (best known for his production work on platinum selling album ‘The Lumineers’, by The Lumineers). The album was launched in Fremantle in February to a sold out crowd and marks a real shift for the artist. Her reputation as a must-see, emotionally charged live performance, intertwined with songs guaranteed to get you moving, precedes her wherever she plays.

Meet WA’s 2015 Australians of the Year

Meet four great West Australians at a free public forum hosted by the Shire of Broome on Wednesday 6 May.

The Broome community is invited to meet 2015 WA Australians of the Year Stacy Dunbar, Prof. Lyn Beazley AO, Graham Mabury OAM and Drisana Levitzke-Gray as they visit Broome and share about their work and inspiration.

The free event runs from 6pm-7.30pm on Wednesday 6 May at the Shire Function Room, with light refreshments served afterward. RSVPs to simon.penn@broome.wa.gov.au.

Big shows at Broome Civic Centre in May 2015

The Broome Civic Centre hosts two big shows next month with Gym and Tonic on Wednesday 6 May and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow on Thursday 21 May.

Gym and Tonic is a one-woman show starring Roz Hammond (Mad As Hell, The Librarians, Muriel’s Wedding) who plays all eight characters in this uplifting tale about a women’s gym class.

Be prepared for laughs aplenty on 21 May as Australia’s most-loved comedians are let loose on the open road for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.

For more information and for tickets go to www.broomeciviccentre.com.au

Broome 2015 Racing Season

The opening of the Broome 2015 Racing Season begins on Saturday 30th May 2015, the first of nine meetings.

(Excerpt from the Broome Turf Club Website)

Broome Turf Club Family Day

Saturday June 20th 2015
$10 gate entry for adults. Children under 18yrs are free of charge.

Bring the whole family along for this child friendly day of free fun. Bring a blanket and sit under the shade enjoying the races and a wide array of local entertainment. For the Kids there will be;

  • Monster Balls
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Sumo Suits
  • Mechanical Bull
  • Train Rides
  • Face Painting
  • Art and Craft Tent run by qualified childcare givers
  • Giveaways for every child
  • Local circus performers
  • Local Dance school performers

Gentlemen’s Day

Saturday 11th July 2015

Keeping with the times, the Broome Turf Club is giving the Gent’s equal opportunity with the Ladies. All Gentlemen receive free gate entry on this day. Come dressed in your dapper best fellas for a chance to win fantastic prizes in the Gentleman’s Fashions on the Field. Ladies, its a great day out to see your Gentlemen looking their finest.

Kimberley Cup

Saturday August 1st 2015

Join in the excitement of watching horses tear up the dust in the $40,000 Kimberley Cup. Enjoy a flutter on the gaming tables or a spin in the two up ring after the races and catch the free bus service home for the evening.

This is the last day on the calendar when children and teenagers will be made welcome as the last two big days are 18yo plus events. So make the most of it and bring the whole family along for a pleasant Saturday’s outing. As always, on licensed premises, you will need to keep an eye on your children and they must be right there with you at all times after dark.

Kimberley Traditional Owners reject fracking as part of oil production deal

From the Guardian

Native title agreement struck with Yawuru people allows Buru Energy to start commercial production at an onshore oil field in the Fitzroy Valley .. read more

Yawuru Playground a disgrace

The Yawuru Playground located in the new Palmer Road Development is an absolute disgrace. Far from being a lovely little playground which I admit it could have been except for the disgusting behaviour of the anti-social behaviour of the few.

As you can see from these photos, there is grafitti everywhere, there are used condoms littered everywhere, the slide has been burnt to the ground and in the past few months over 5 used needles have been found buried in the sand.

I have contacted Yawuru on many occasions but have never received a call back although I did receive a reply to an email saying that they were aware of my concerns and valued my feedback, yeah right.

The question needs to be asked .. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?? Is it the shire, is it yawuru, or is it nobodys responsiblity. What are we waiting for .. will it take some little kid to be infected by a used needle before action is taken? Maybe we should ask Monique?

I have suggested to Yawuru that cameras be installed and the sand be replaced by rubber like at town beach but so far NOTHING!!

Kimberley last remaining wilderness in the world

The KimberleyThe Kimberleys have long been touted as one the “last remaining wilderness in the world” and with good reason. With so much of it still unexplored, mainly due to its inaccessibility, scientists and conservationists are still discovering new species in flora and fauna.

With a huge win for environmentalists last week where the Mitchell Falls were made part of a 5 million hectare Kimberley National Park which includes a network of land and marine parks. Read more ..

An article from ABC News

A botanical expedition to a far flung part of the Kimberley has found a rare white water lily, an insectivorous plant that’s turned vegetarian and five species of plants new to science.

“The Kimberley is one of the great botanic biodiversity frontiers in the world,” says Professor Kingsley Dixon, one of Western Australia’s leading botanists.

The joint expedition between Kings Park Botanical Gardens, Curtin University and University of WA chose to explore Prince Regent National Park at the end of the wet season when a different range of plants would be flowering.

Professor Dixon, who divides his time between Kings Park in Perth and Curtin Uni, says the Kimberley is the centre of water lily diversity for the world, with more species than anywhere else.
Read more.

Mitchell Plateau to be made a National Park

Mitchell FallsA major win for environmentalists who have been lobbying hard for over 25 years to have the Mitchell Plateau listed as a National Park. An agreement has been cancelled between the state and mining giants, Rio Tinto who have given up their rights to mine bauxite and Alcoa the right to refine aluminium on the Mitchell Plateau.

The Mitchell Plateau in the north-west of the Kimberley is a region of significant biological diversity, encompassing spectacular gorges and waterfalls, rare flora and fauna and many new and yet to be discovered species. The Mitchell Plateau will be included in the 5 million hectare Kimberley National Park.

ABC Article .. read more.

Pecha Kucha Night 20 images 20 seconds

Pecha Kucha Night 20 images 20 secondsWhen: Tuesday, the 17th of March

Venue: Divers Tavern, Beach Bar, Broome

Time: Doors Open 545pm – Speakers start 615pm on the dot.

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative and interesting people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps .. just about anything, really .. in the PechaKucha 20×20 format.


SPEAKER AND THEIR TITLES:

  • Andrew Coopes and Others – “Two is better than one”
  • Daniel Balint – “Exploring Antarctica”
  • Shayne Thomson – “The Magic of Memes”
  • Naomie Hatherley – “Skin of the Beast”
  • Kevin Smith – “Dont Expect to See Any Turtles”
  • Tammara Olds – “Greyhounds As Pets: Retired, Not Rescued”
  • Jenna Cowie – “Five gardeners walk into a BOG meeting”
  • Sue Thomas – “Things we’ve lost that we can still find”

Environs Kimberley 12th annual Art Auction

Art on display at the Environs Kimberley Art Exhibition

When:

Saturday 25th July 2015

Where:

Broome Chinatown Convention Centre

Time:

Preview of the art from 3 pm, food, drinks and live music from 5 pm, and the auction starts at 7 pm.

Details of event:

Come along and enjoy fantastic art, delicious food, a well-stocked bar, and great company at the Environs Kimberley 12th annual Art Auction.

Join in the fun as Environs Kimberley again showcases some of the best art works the Kimberley has to offer, on sale to the highest bidder!

This year’s event will again be held at the Broome Convention Centre Chinatown, with its central location and ideal conditions for a professional display of the art.

For your entertainment we are also proud to feature the music of well-known local musicians on the night.

Guests at the Environs Kimberley Art Exhibition

A walk down Jetty Beach Broome

Last night there was a 10m low tide and I walked out to the rocks near the Broome Jetty to look at all the amazing sea life.  If anyone knows what those christmas lights shaped things are suspended under the rock, I would love to hear from you.

Click on the images for a larger view and then click on the big image to navigate to the next image 🙂

Salt Water Music Festival 2015

2015 Salt Water Music FestivalThe 3rd Saltwater Music Festival (Wet Season) is on again at Diver’s Tavern on Saturday the 31st of January from 7pm to 11pm and Sunday the 1st of February from 12pm to 9pm.

Widely supported by Broome locals who enjoy the chance to catch up with friends after their holidays and before the school year starts, the Festival is an opportunity for musicians and music fans to appreciate the originality and quality of the regions unique music.

This year the festival features an all-Western Australian line-up.

Headlining is local celebrity and saltwater son Steve Pigram, fresh from headlining the Illawarra Folk Festival and Yaban Festival in Sydney, well-loved Western Australian roots musician Carus Thompson and 16 local bands and original solo acts.

This year the festival has attracted attention from the Australian performing Rights Association (APRA) who is sending their representatives to help local songwriters register and take advantage of Government support for the Australian Music Industry.

The Western Australian Music Industry regional representatives are similarly curious as to exactly what it is we have going in the remote Kimberley that produces so many musicians of high quality. Word is out and their coming to see what all the fuss is about.

Completely funded by ticket sales with support from Divers Tavern, the locally inspired and organised festival is an important opportunity for aspiring bands and songwriters to perform to a full house and feel the rush of adrenaline they get from the overwhelmingly positive atmosphere of the Saltwater stage.

This year the festival will feature two stages in order to seamlessly showcase so many of the regions finest. Guests will have ample cold water and fans available to make this premier wet-season event an enjoyable experience.

Special guests this year are the elusive Freddy and Yvonne Cox from Beagle Bay, whose timeless renditions of Old classics and perfect harmonies are only ever enjoyed by lucky guests on their home verandas.

The Saltwater stage is also proud to feature the first ever public performances by the handsome Kohwin Bin Sali, and ‘Teen Cult’: featuring local Broome teenager Yura, who has singlehandedly attracted the attention of national youth broadcaster JJJ and Melbourne management through the quality of her songs.

We also welcome the fantastic ‘Emu Rock’ band from Bidyadanga, and the soulful ‘Cloud Band’ from Coconut Wells, their first ever Broome gigs. They are a fresh addition to the line-up of favourite Kimberley acts: Mervyn Mulardy’s Yatangal, Naomi Pigram, Shoveller Band, Billard Boys, Ashley Oobagooma, Nelson O’Reeri, Red Alert, Tanya Ransom, Albert Wiggan and The Mexicans.

Tickets are $15 for Saturday night and $30 for Sunday. Contact Festival Director Tonchi McIntosh for further enquiries mobile: 0477277162 or email: saltwatermusicfestival@gmail.com

Saltwater Music Festival Program

SATURDAY 31st JAN $15

7.00pmEMU ROCK (Bydyadanga)
7.45pmALBERT WIGGAN (Beagle Bay)
8.30pmTANYA RANSOM (Broome)
9.15pmSHOVELLER BAND (Bydyadanga)
10.00pmCARUS THOMPSON (WA)
11:00pm Festival Close

SUNDAY 1ST FEBRUARY $30

12:00pmCLOUD BAND (Coconut Wells)
12:45pmNELSON O’REERI & THE BILLARD BOYS (Beagle Bay)
1:30pmFREDDY & YVONNE COX (Beagle Bay)
2:15pmKOHWIN BIN SALI (Broome)
3:00pmASHLEY OOBAGOOMA & RED ALERT (Mowanjum)
4:00pmTEEN CULT (Broome)
4:45pmDEEP WATER (Beagle Bay)
5:30pmNAOMI PIGRAM BAND (Broome)
6:15pmYATANGAL (Djarindjin)
7:00pmTHE MEXICANS (Broome)
7:45pm STEVE PIGRAM BAND
9:00pm Festival Close

Birds of the Kimberley

The birds of the Kimberley come in all shapes and sizes and the Broome region is regarded as the most significant site in Australia for shorebirds. Featured here is the gorgeous blue winged Kookaburra, spur winged Plover, the Great Egret, and the irresistible Tawny Frogmouth Owl. If you have a photograph you would like to share, we would love to hear from you! Check out our other gallery of wild birds at Kimberley Photos.

Broome has its own bird observatory, which is located on the shores of Roebuck Bay. The observatory is dedicated to the conservation of migratory shorebirds and they foster science-based study, public education and alliances with conservation organisations from the local to international level. Visit their website http://www.broomebirdobservatory.com for more information on tours and the best times to visit.

Click on the thumbnail for a larger view and then click on the big image to navigate through the gallery.

Worn Art 2014

Worn Art

Worn Art 2014 – Revamped is BACK!!!

After a hiatus of nearly 3 years, Worn Art is once again back to thrill audiences with the cleverly choreographed display of local talents amazing costumes in the form of Worn Art. A brilliant and value for money night that will keep you entertained.

THE GREAT PEARL TRAGEDY

A girl with red hair and a secret

Dates: Friday October 31st & Saturday November 1st 2014 .. Starts 7pm

Location: Jimmy Chi Hall, Broome Civic Centre.

Adults: $45
Concession and Members: $40
Child: $15

To take advantage of Members discount you must log-in as a member and purchase from the Members Catalogue.

Worn Art Revamped is a licensed event. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

ADULT THEMES

Bar available.
No BYO

Broome Gig Guide – October 2014

Broome Gig Guide – October 2014

Dance Parties, Hip Hop and the infamous Wet T Shirt all happening at the Roey!

Wet T Shirt Competition

Wet T Shirt Competition


Hi Hop Dance Party

Hip Hop Dance Party


Dance Night

Dance Night Poster


AND DONT MISS OUT ON A GREAT DAY OUT AT THE ROEY, FOR THE MELBOURNE CUP!

Click here for more details.

Broome Tides

Friday 12th September 2014

Broome experienced a huge tide today with a massive 10.2 metre high tide. Culminating in the middle of the Shinju Matsuri Festival, there were plenty of game tourists who rolled up their pants and walked to the end of the old streeter’s jetty which was flooded.

High tide at Streeters Jetty
High tide at Streeters Jetty

High tide at Streeters Jetty
High tide at Streeters Jetty

High tide at Streeters Jetty
High tide at Streeters Jetty

High tide in chinatown
High tide in chinatown

For Broome tide chart, please click on the link in the sidebar.

Broome Events-September

Bangarra Theatre

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Be part of this International Movement and help make History

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Disruption. Climate. Change.

disruption climate change posterThis Broome Event is courtesy of the people at 350.org, we have organised a free screening of a new climate change movie, ‘Disruption. Climate. Change.’

Screening at Lotteries House on Sunday 7th September at 7:00 pm.
The movie takes a journey through the world of climate change, highlighting the lack of an adequate global political response, and the rising tide of demands for a change. It will be a great lead-in to the People’s Climate Mobilisation on September 21st.


Pechakucha Night

Pechakucha NightBroome’s very first Pecha Kucha Night will be held on the 28th of October at The Mangrove Hotel .. from 6.30-8.20pm.

You may be wondering: ‘What the heck is Pecha Kucha?”

Well it’s:
“A presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total).

The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights (PKNs).

PechaKucha Night was devised in February 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo’s Klein-Dytham Architecture (KDa), as a way to attract people to SuperDeluxe, their experimental event space in Roppongi, and to allow young designers to meet, show their work, and exchange ideas.
In 2004, a few cities in Europe began holding PKNs, the first of several hundred cities that have since launched similar events around the world. As of May 2014, PechaKucha Nights were held in over 700 cities worldwide.”
Broome is the 771st city to hold Pecha Kucha Nights.

Current Speaker List is:

  1. Recycled Cycles – Smicko Boone
  2. Green Tree Room – Claire Bowman
  3. Julie Kean – KTI – education work in Samoa and East Timor
  4. Monica Hicks – Gueeka Interiors
  5. NBC Aboriginal Corporation – Allison Stout
  6. Mieke Boynton – KTI – photography
  7. Udla – Vanessa Margretts
  8. Stuart Brown – long distance running tactics and training
  9. Bruce Kenny – ACOR Engineering (TBC)
  10. Tilly Millican –The making of the Happy Broome Video(TBC)
  11. your name could be here!!
  12. your name could be here!!
  13. your name could be here!!
  14. your name could be here!!

Each Presentation is uploaded to the Pecha Kucha Website for global recognition!

Check others out here:

www.pechakucha.org/watch

Look forward to seeing you there to watch or speak!!! Please pass on to anyone you think may be interested.

Broome Gig Guide – September 2014

Get ready to celebrate Shinju at the Roey!

Shinju Matsuri Family Fun Day 2014
Battle Royale Round 2
Back in Black


Shinju Matsuri Long Table Lunch
Resonance Tour

Shinju Matsuri Family Fun Day 2014

Shinju Matsuri Family Fun Day 2014

Shinju Matsuri Family Fun Day 2014

Sunday 7th September

From 1-5 pm, bring the whole family to the Oasis Bar at the Roebuck Hotel to watch the Shinju Float Parade go by on Dampier Terrace.
A great day for the whole family, with

  • Live entertainment
  • a sausage sizzle
  • bouncy castle
  • face painting
  • balloons
  • icecream
  • loads of giveaways for the kids
  • and meet Sammy the Dragon!