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TWO WORLD-CLASS SHOWS TO TAKE OVER SYDNEY HARBOUR IN 2022

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TWO WORLD-CLASS SHOWS TO TAKE OVER SYDNEY HARBOUR IN 2022

The NSW Government and Opera Australia are partnering to bring two internationally-acclaimed productions to Sydney Harbour in 2022, including a new offering on Cockatoo Island with the audience on land and on the water.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour will return from 25 March to 24 April 2022 with The Phantom of the Opera taking to the harbour stage at Mrs Macquarie’s Point for the first time. Then from 25 November to 18 December 2022 a new event, Opera on Cockatoo Island, will stage the popular opera Carmen on the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said events would play an important role in the recovery and growth of the State’s visitor economy in 2022 and beyond.

“It’s exciting to put Sydney in the spotlight once more and remind visitors about the unforgettable experiences on offer exclusively in the Harbour City,” Mr Ayres said.

“There’s no better way to do that than with two spectacular Opera Australia productions right on the water, against the backdrop of the city, inviting people to spend an evening or more in Sydney.

“These unique events are exactly what we need to support our goal to be the events capital of the Asia Pacific and reinforce the commitment to showcase our strengths such as the city’s artistic, cultural and natural assets.”

Opera Australia’s artistic director Lyndon Terracini said 2022 would be an exciting year for the Company thanks to the ongoing support of the NSW Government.

“Opera Australia is proud to work with the NSW Government through Destination NSW to lead innovation that attracts global audiences, and to further strengthen Sydney’s reputation as a city that celebrates creativity and culture,” Mr Terracini said.

“We can’t wait to bring this stunning new production of The Phantom of the Opera to Sydney Harbour, and to present a new edgy version of Carmen in the unique surrounds of Cockatoo Island.”

Tickets for both productions go on sale in November. For more information visit www.opera.org.au.

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‘Don’t Forget Us!’ say Bungawalbyn, Woodburn and Coraki Residents.

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‘Don’t Forget Us!’ say Bungawalbyn, Woodburn and Coraki Residents.

 

By Kate Coxwell.

The Resilient Homes Program, which was created to provide assistance to home owners to restore and flood protect their homes and lives from future events has rejected over 5000 of the applicants out of just over 6000 in total, resulting in a rally which last weekend saw the Clarence electorate, Woodburn, Coraki, Bungawalbin, Broadwater, Wardell and surrounding rural townships came out in force, back to the bridge where National media had filmed them stranded, in the floods, nearly 18 months ago.

$750 million dollars of promised flood recovery funds seemingly disappeared the week prior, and over 5000 residents affected by floods were called by Service NSW staff to say “you are ineligible” as the NRRC also released new flood zone maps excluding the 2022 data and itself dissolved within days in the same week, the buck now stopping with the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Authority.

The Resilient Homes Program, which was created to provide assistance to home owners to restore and flood protect their homes and lives from future events has rejected over 5000 of the applicants out of just over 6000 in total, resulting in a rally which last weekend saw the Clarence electorate, Woodburn, Coraki, Bungawalbin, Broadwater, Wardell and surrounding rural townships came out in force, back to the bridge where National media had filmed them stranded, in the floods, nearly 18 months ago.

Arguably, these communities were the hardest hit, with some residents being stranded for over 3 weeks with no access in or out, some stranded for 6 in the worst hit areas of Bungawalbyn, and no one other than their own community, coming to provide life saving medical and supply runs of food and water. This community says it is still feeling forgotten, as many homes, being classed as rural, have been made automatically ineligible, while some others, where water reached the ceiling fans, due to the new mapping, deemed ‘safe’.

With over 300 people attending the rally, standing across the span of the Woodburn Bridge, it was very well attended. Local MP’s Janelle Saffin (State for Lismore) and Richie Williamson (State for Clarence) as well as Mayor Robert Mustow.

Protestors rallying on the Woodburn bridge holding signs.

In an address to the crowd MP Richie Williamson said “This is a humanitarian crisis we are dealing with, the Premier agreed. We need to do better- the Government, the politicians-everyone in the decision-making chain needs to do better.”

Whilst MP Janelle Saffin said “You say you feel forgotten. I have not forgotten you. It was an inland tsunami. Despite not representing Woodburn, you are in my heart!”

Both MP’s and the Mayor were supportive of the Tranch 2 funding proposed, and had recently attended Sydney, speaking to Parliament as a group, about the needs of the community.

One member of the Coraki community recalled “how even in the second major 2022 flood, there was only 2 SES on that day, despite all warnings and extra support sent from around the State, we were forgotten, and the community who had been helping us with supplies, people who live among us who had also lost everything, they were the ones who came, with emergency medical supplies, food and assistance for those trapped again.”

Lyndall Murray from the Hands and Hearts Project, a project which has come together to do what the Government simply hasn’t, and that is to restore 100 homes, with their small team of 16 volunteers, said “The Hands and Hearts Project is doing what the Government won’t. The NRRC decision broke my heart.”

This time, the community is coming together to say “We count- Don’t Forget us!” and has formed a petition, asking for all who care about them to sign it. The petition can be found here: www.dontforgetus.com.au

 

To see more news on the 2022 floods, please see our other recent posts.

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