Tuesday 29 January 2008

Roulette at the Cairns RSL Club

The lines are drawn, but as CairnsBlog readers know only too well, it’s not going to be a level battlefield when Val Schier’s Cairns 1st throws down the gauntlet to Kevin Byrne’s Unity team in the fast approaching Cairns Regional Council election.

During the 2004 election, Byrne's mob had access to campaign donations totalling $261,866 — mostly from big corporations (including a $13,000 hand-out from the CEC Group).

In-kind donations deducted, Val Schier's team only had $9,750 at their disposal.

Whereas the incumbent can expect his fat-rat mates to dig into their wallets again, Val and her team will be relying on grassroots support — and that includes fund-raising events.

Duet Roulette will feature some of the Far North’s finest duos strutting their stuff and will also see the launch of the Cairns 1st’s campaign song.

The song has been specially written by Chris Wighton, of the duo Suns of Icarus.

Other acts on the bill include the guitar-flute-vocal harmony duo Meridian, who will start the Roulette ball rolling at 8pm with a set of original songs, and singer-guitarist Mick Hodgkins and his multi-instrumental playing partner, Bronwyn (aka Mangrove Jack).

Clucas, comprising Kuranda’s finest jazz musicians, and Beamish will be playing a selection of standards, the latter of an Irish lilt.

Numbers for the event are limited, so bookings are encouraged.

WHAT: Cairns 1st Fundraiser with Roulette
WHEN: 8pm, Saturday February 9
WHERE: Cairns RSL, Cattalina Room, The Esplanade
TICKETS: Paul Matthews 0412 872 574 or email.

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