Glo­be­trot­ter takes on en­vi­ron­ment

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XAVIER Rudd knows the im­por­tance of tak­ing a stand against projects that threaten the en­vi­ron­ment, hav­ing lent his name to the bat­tle to save James Price Point in Western Aus­tralia and the Save the Kim­ber­ley move­ment.

Now he has his sights set on Ab­bot Point and help­ing pro­tect the Great Bar­rier Reef.

The Aus­tralian singer/ song­writer, who will play at Mag­nums on Satur­day night, said the Great Bar­rier Reef “is on my mind at the mo­ment”.

“Ab­bot Point, the big­gest coal point in the world, has di­rect ef­fects on the Great Bar­rier Reef which is al­ready dy­ing,” he said.

“It re­ally is un­der threat. It is a typ­i­cal Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment eco­nomic move then they turn a blind eye ... then one of the beau­ti­ful won­ders of the world is gone.

“Hope­fully I can learn more about it and get across it more so we can try and make an aware­ness plan to help out in ev­ery way we can.”

Although the pro­tect the reef move­ment has an up­hill bat­tle ahead, Rudd has shown peo­ple power can work.

“They said it was ‘too big’ and that they’d never shut it down but we showed in the Kim­ber­leys it’s pos­si­ble. It was the big­gest gas op­er­a­tion our coun­try had seen, that was bil­lions of dol­lars, but we got it shut down,” he said.

“It’s amaz­ing what peo­ple can do and shar­ing things on the in­ter­net, that’s all it takes to grow aware­ness.”

Rudd is tour­ing the coun­try with The United Na­tions as part of his The Flag Aus­tralian Tour. Used to a ca­reer globetrotting as a solo artist, Rudd said it has been a nice change per­form­ing with such a large group.

“It’s a nine-piece band, which is a big band to how I’ve toured in the past,” he said.

“It still has flavours of what I do but it’s a much big­ger pro­ject. There’s more go­ing but I love it ... it’s a good dance party.

The show in­cludes songs from Rudd’s most re­cent al­bum Nanna – a trib­ute to his grand­mother.

“When I play mu­sic, it feels like there’s a guardian com­ing from some­where else ... there’s al­ways an el­derly lady with me,” he said.

“The spirit of our an­ces­try is def­i­nitely preva­lent in mu­sic. It fil­ters through in dif­fer­ent coun­tries and places.”

Photo: Jane Rantall

SWEET SOUNDS: Xavier Rudd and The United Na­tions will play at Mag­nums on Satur­day night.

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