Hi-tech and ready to roll

Local dignitaries tour the new stage on the eastern side of Market Square, Grafton.
Local dignitaries tour the new stage on the eastern side of Market Square, Grafton. Jojo Newby

A CHALLENGE has been set for performers on Grafton's newest stage in Market Square - will the show be able to match the structure?

A whopping construction of brick, steel and concrete, the stage has a 115-person capacity and was designed in consultation with the Jacaranda Festival Committee.

Dwarfing the now-demolished old stage, the $300,000 federally funded showpiece is all but finished and is expected to be used for the first time in coming months.

It comes complete with a lockable change room at the rear, three-phase power throughout, in-built uplighting and data points for high-tech shows.

Lighting for the stage is on a timer and comes on as daylight drops till 10pm nightly in this early display phase.

Jacaranda Committee members who toured the site yesterday said they expected they could double the number of seats on offer at this year's Jacaranda Festival.

A removable curtain for the back of the stage is expected to be installed for the festival and it is hoped seeded grass will help clean up the mud on the edge of the new structure in time for Grafton's biggest community event.

 The Daily Examiner also took a closer look at the innovative new Out of the Box project right next to the new stage. Photo and story Page 23.


The new stage

Cost: $300,000 - Federal grant

Capacity: 115 people

Architect: Thomson Adsett

Builders: Nanobuild Pty Ltd.

Topics:  market square

Experts suggest ways to protect yourself during shark attack

Multiple people attended the scene at Lighthouse Beach where a shark attack took place around 9:30 on Monday morning. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

How you can protect yourself against sharks.

Dreamworld horror: 30 detectives to probe how it happened

TWO children watched their mother die in Dreamworld horror

Local Partners

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Woolies announces closure of Ipswich store

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals