Australia News: Carriageworks Reopens, Fire Fight Continues Fundraising
Carriageworks Reopens After Multi-Million Dollar Donations
Sydney live music venue and arts hub Carriageworks went into voluntary administration in May after six months of cancelled events due to COVID-19 caused an “irreparable loss of income,” but now it is back in action.
A number of philanthropists including casino operator James Packer donated A$2 million ($1.39 million) to keep it going. “We are delighted with this outcome,” said NSW arts minister Don Harwin.
NSW government agency Create NSW committed to a 10-year lease and a five year funding agreement with Carriageworks Ltd. The move sidelines plans for the Sydney Opera House to take over its operations.
Fire Fight Continues To Raise Funds For Bushfire Victims
Months after the star-studded Fire Fight concert on Feb. 16 at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium raised A$9.85 million ($6.87 million) for victims of catastrophic summer bushfire, more funds are making their way to them, this time from a Fire Fight compilation album through Sony Music Australia.
It debuted at #1 on the official ARIA chart and stayed in the Top 40 for 12 weeks, raising A$450,000 ($314,147) for the company’s charity arm The Sony Foundation, which donated a further A$200,000 ($139,621).
The latter sum will go to youth victims in the form of youth centers called The Sanctuary in two states in which to study, make music, run workshops and recover from the trauma of losing their homes.
The original concert by TEG (Dainty) and TEG (Live) included Queen + Adam Lambert, John Farnham, 5 Seconds of Summer, Alice Cooper, kd lang, Guy Sebastian, Michael Buble, Hilltop Hoods and Tina Arena.
Court Deems Titus Day A Flight Risk
While Sydney-based artist manager Titus Day awaits his next Federal Court appearance July 21 for allegedly defrauding singer Guy Sebastian of A$1.15 million ($802,875), the Downing Centre Local Court deemed him a flight risk when refusing him an application to travel to Abu Dhabi to attend client Ultimate Fight Championship middleweight Robert Whittaker’s July 26 Fight Island bout.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald barrister Murugan Thangaraj SC argued Day was not a flight risk (“What other country could he possibly go to in the current circumstances … how could he even get in?”), would pay an A$100,000 ($69,817.57) surety and be escorted back to the plane after the bout. Magistrate Michael Antrum cited “the seriousness of the charges that Mr Day is facing” for turning down the 47-year old’s bid.