If you sign it, they will come
By EMMA CORNFORD
CLARENCE Valley Council mayor Ian Tiley is the latest community member to get behind Grafton's bid to host Triple J's One Night Stand.
Cr Tiley said although he had not yet spoken with the general manager, Stuart McPherson, about the proposal, he was going to write a letter of support for the application.
"It's a wonderful opportunity and I think if everybody gets behind it, it could go really well," Cr Tiley said.
"With so many people entering it's a long shot, but our commitment is required and we'll give that. I think it would be good for the whole Valley."
The One Night Stand competition, run each year by the youth broadcaster, will bring Australian music acts The Living End, The Herd, Xavier Rudd and Kid Kenobi to the winning town to play a free concert. In previous years thousands of people have turned out to the event, which is also broadcast nationally.
The New School of Arts youth co-ordinator, Colleen Kennedy, encouraged businesses to get behind the entry.
"I think anything for the kids to do around town would be a wonderful thing," Ms Kennedy said.
"They're so often in the news for bad things, but a big event like this I think would be wonderful for them, and they're really getting involved in it. Everyone we've spoken to about it has thought it was a really good idea and ... I think petitions should go everywhere."
To start a petition, download one from the Triple J website at www.triplej.net.au, get it signed by as many people as possible and drop it into the New School of Arts in Skinner Street by Thursday morning. You can also sign or drop off a petition at your local Daily Examiner office.