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Brisbane Times – Bullhorn return to Woodford with rapper as front man

Genre-bending band Bullhorn have returned to Woodford after their 2012 debut, this time with a rapper as the front man.

Having entertained Woodford years ago as a drum and bass inspired, brass-instrumental band, Roman Albert was brought on as a rapper after he joined them for an impromptu freestyle set in 2013.

Despite now having a rapper as the frontman, sousaphone player Steve Buchanan said that the band has much the same vibe.”It was an easy transition, and the content hasn’t changed much, except now there’s rap,” he said.

You can catch Bullhorn at the Amphitheatre on New Year’s Eve.

Brisbane Times – Compost stored onsite as greener alternative to landfill

The Woodfordia compost is being stored onsite as a greener alternative to landfill, despite having no current end-use.

Woodford Folk Festival Garbology department area manager Madeleine Radke said that composting on-site was a basic process.

“We water it and turn it, and that’s about it – it doesn’t have an end use,” Ms Radke said.

She explained the process was more environmentally friendly than sending the compost to landfill as it helped reduce transport emissions and methane emissions.

“(In landfill) food waste decomposes where there’s no oxygen and that’s a different type of bacteria that breaks it down in a different way, and a by-product of that is methane.”

Ms Radke confirmed that Garbology was looking at possible end-uses for the compost in future years.

Brisbane Times – Artist uses sketches to strike up conversation

If you are lucky enough to find William Seymour-Jones around the festival, he may sketch your portrait for the low price of a conversation.

The sketcher will be sitting with his “free portraits” sign in the shade, independent of festival management and therefore unpaid.

“Honestly, to level with you, I do it to just talk to people,” he said.

“For instance, if I see a beautiful girl, I wouldn’t have the courage to talk to her unless I was doing this.”

His satisfied subjects earned him $10 in tips on his first day.

“It’s enough to buy a beer!” He said.

Brisbane Times – Bob Hawke calls for Australia to take nuclear waste

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke stirred controversy at Woodford Folk Festival by suggesting to a packed audience that Australia should host foreign nuclear waste.

He said that the greatest current threat to the world was climate change.

“There’s an incoming president of the United States, a bloke called Trump, who says it doesn’t exist but to me that’s good prima facie evidence of the fact that it does,” he said.

He argued that the existence of nuclear power was necessary to combat climate change, despite some disagreement from the audience.

“You have to compare, what is worse for your kids and their kids? That there may be in the generation of power by nuclear means some accidents, or on the other hand that we see the destruction of the planet as we know it.”

Further credit on Sydney Morning Herald

Brisbane Times – Down to Urthboy

Renowned Australian rapper Urthboy, who played to a packed crowd at Woodford on Wednesday, says Australia’s stereotypical identity is a poor reflection on modern Australia.

“There’s a lot of people that think modern Australia is the definition that Pauline Hanson has constructed,” he said.

“Pauline Hanson has far less in common with the problems facing ordinary Australia than most people, like artists, that are trying to question what’s going on.”

He also attributes part of his success in the hip-hop industry to societal privilege.

“In as far as that I’m a white male, it has given me opportunities that would not be afforded to other people,” he said.

Brisbane Times – Wheelchairs at Woodford

People using wheelchairs and walking frames are struggling to push through the main gravel roads here at the festival.

But the rest of the festival’s disability access has drawn praise from the wheelchair-bound festivalgoers we spoke to.

“They’re wonderful with the disability camping ground, but the gravel just isn’t doing it,” said Branka Pupovac, a mother who requires a wheelchair.

Festival head of disability access Karin Kirk said she was aware of the gravel issues.

“There are a few infrastructure things that they (organisers) said would take quite a while to change,” she said.

“We run a disabled-friendly ground and we are working to provide the comforts they need.”

 

Link: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/woodford-folk-festival-201617-day-1-blog-20161227-gtiayc.html

Brisbane Times – Joint Operations

Police at the festival have warned patrons not to light up joints in places they will more likely get caught.

The Daytime Forward Commander of Police at Woodford Festival, Senior Sergeant Richard Downie said people have been prosecuted every year for drug offences.

“If someone’s stupid enough to light up a joint in a laneway, or something like that, and we come across them, then yeah they’re going to be dealt with.”

Sergeant Downie said his squad specialises in drug-related work and that there may be sniffer dogs at the gates of the festival.

“We’re not out to get anyone, we’re just out to maintain the peace.”

Link: Woodford Blog: Day 1

Brisbane Times – Drones at Woodford

Professional drone pilots fear amateurs might be putting festival-goers’ safety at risk by flying in ways potentially breaching federal regulations.

Professional drone pilots from Aerial Technologies, Sven Hanzka and David Bussenschutt expressed fears that further unauthorised use could lead to an accident and further restrictions.

“The moment they (unauthorised drone pilots) make a mistake, they could injure someone and they could make our job harder in the future,” said Sven.

Mr Bussenschutt said “knowledge of the rules is important, because flying within 30 metres of the public is just not allowed.”

 

 

ABC Radio – Pauline on Brandis 2

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Senator Pauline Hanson supports  comments made by Federal Attorney-General, George Brandis criticising the Queensland opposition.

 

Senator Brandis yesterday described both the Queensland opposition and government as “very, very mediocre.”

 

Senator Hanson says both sides of politics in the state are lacking.
CART: You will only get good government if you have got good opposition. And that’s the problem.

ABC Radio – Pauline on Brandis 1

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Pauline Hanson has backed claims by Attorney General George Brandis, that there’s a lack of leadership in Queensland politics.

 

Senator Brandis was captured on microphone yesterday describing both the Queensland opposition and the government as “very, very mediocre”.

 

In an interview with the ABC, Senator Hanson has denounced both major parties, claiming they’re out of touch.
CART: The major political parties have just completely ignored them, it’s like they are of the elitist. They don’t understand what the people are thinking. They’re not even interested.