Update : chookie69 has (six) more vids from Sunday’s protest rally. Mad props to Brumby, MacLellan, Robinson & Wynne for protecting working families in Collingwood by finally putting a stop to the “incredible levels of violence” (Victoria Police) which have spilled out from the venue over the last few decades. See also : Nostalgia and anger as lights go down on Tote, Patrick Donovan, The Age, January 19, 2010.
Licensing boss disputes Tote closure, Norrie Ross, Herald Sun, January 17, 2010 | Photos – Protest against the closure of The Tote Hotel, Melbourne 2010, The Vine, January 17, 2010 | The slow death of sticky carpet, Marieke Hardy, The Age, January 18, 2010 | Rolling of Collingwood’s Tote rocks music fans, Patrick Donovan, The Age, January 18, 2010.
Bruce Milne from The Tote says:
“It’s wonderful to see 3CR join the broadcast, with such a long and supportive history with The Tote, it’s great that community radio is right along side us in our last night of music.”
3CR will be joining the simulcast from 10pm till Midnight tonight on 855am or live streaming from the web.
The Tote staff and management have been fantastic supporters of 3CR throughout the years through countless benefit gigs and BBQs.
The trend towards the closure of live muzak venues seems to be accelerating, both in Melbourne and Sydney. Pubs and clubs are being closed, laws are being changed, and capital is determined to maximise the return on its investment by any means necessary. Prevention is better than cure. “If you don’t want to see this trend continue, it’s time to take action.” Support independent/underground venues / beg the following:
Responsible Alcohol Victoria
GPO Box 4304
Melbourne VIC 3001
T: 1300 650 367
Minister for Gaming, Consumer Affairs & Minister Assisting the Premier on Rock ‘n’ Roll Veterans’ Affairs
9 Blackburn Road, Blackburn, 3130
T: (03) 9878 4113
F: (03) 9878 9135
Level 5, 1 Macarthur Street
East Melbourne 3002
T: (03) 8684 1400
F: (03) 8684 1444
Minister for Public Transport & The Yartz
Shop 3, Central Square Shopping Centre, Altona Meadows 3028
T: (03) 9360 7500
F: (03) 9360 7654
Level 16, 121 Exhibition Street
T: (03) 9655 3300
F: (03) 9655 3313
Minister for Uranium Mining, Woodchipping & The Yartz
PO Box 6022
Canberra ACT 2600
T: (02) 6277 7640
F: (02) 6273 6101
[Online: Contact Form]