Mu­sic club given lease ex­ten­sion

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

FLY by Night will re­main in the Vic­to­ria Hall Build­ing un­til Jan­uary 30.

The City of Fre­man­tle fi­nance, pol­icy, op­er­a­tions and leg­is­la­tion com­mit­tee agreed to ex­tend the lease last week.

Vic­to­ria Hall is up for sale and ten­ders will be dis­cussed at the De­cem­ber coun­cil meet­ing.

“Should Coun­cil ac­cept a ten­der, the ear­li­est set­tle­ment may oc­cur is within 30 days of ac­cep­tance, es­ti­mated to­wards the end of Jan­uary 2019,” a com­mit­tee re­port said.

“Should set­tle­ment oc­cur later than Jan­uary 2019, fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion re­gard­ing a li­cense ex­ten­sion to Fly by Night Mu­si­cians club can be con­sid­ered. Re­tain­ing Fly by Night within Vic­to­ria Hall while the prop­erty is mar­keted for sale will al­low con­tin­ued ac­ti­va­tion, ex­tend time for tran­si­tion of the club to an al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tion and pro­vide pas­sive sur­veil­lance to the prop­erty.”

Club mem­bers called on the com­mu­nity to help keep the club alive in Septem­ber.

Fly By Night board of direc­tors chair­man Steve Wells pre­vi­ously told the Gazette the venue was be­tween a rock and a hard place.

“Of­ten you need three months in ad­vance no­tice to book an act and do pro­mo­tion; since the whole thing hap­pened there has been a down­turn in book­ings,” he said.

“As a re­sult we have had less rev­enue as ex­pected. We de­cided re­gard­less of what hap­pens we need more funds so we can op­er­ate in the fu­ture, which is why we started crowd­fund­ing.” IT is the bike ride of a life­time.

Mal­colm Les­lie, Johnathan Drury and Johnathan’s twin brother Gavin left Fre­man­tle re­cently to be­gin a 4200km ride across the coun­try to raise money for home­less­ness.

They started at Bathers Beach by dip­ping their back wheels in the In­dian Ocean and will fin­ish at Tahra on the NSW south coast by dip­ping their front wheel in the Pa­cific.

Mr Les­lie said he had dreamt of cy­cling across Aus­tralia since he ped­alled around Europe more than 30 years ago.

“I’ve dreamed of rid­ing across Aus­tralia for years but I never thought it would hap­pen,” he said.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to get a feel for the size of our coun­try in a way you can’t get in a plane or a car.

“I’ve al­ways loved a chal­lenge and I don’t mind my own com­pany, but I wanted to use the ex­pe­ri­ence to help peo­ple too.”

Johnathan said the cross-Nullar­bor ad­ven­ture com­bined two of Mal­colm’s pas­sions – rid­ing and giv­ing some­thing back to the com­mu­nity.

“They say you can’t be a se­ri­ous bike rider un­til you have rid­den the Nullar­bor; what a great way to see the coun­try and help peo­ple who re­ally need it,” he said.

The team has been train­ing since Jan­uary, cov­er­ing at least 40km a day.

With­out a sup­port ve­hi­cle, they will carry 10-12kg of gear with them, in­clud­ing a sleep­ing bag, tent and a few spares.

To do­nate to Break­ing the Cy­cle or fol­low the ride on­line, visit www.my­cause. com.au/page/182117/break ing-the-cy­cle.

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