Police unplug band's jam session
By ADAM HICKS
ROD STARK and his band were warming up for New Year's Eve when police shut them down.
In preparation for their gig in Sawtell tonight, five-piece band the Stingrays were rehearsing in Mr Stark's South Lismore home on Wednesday afternoon when they were silenced with a Noise Abatement Direction.
"I was a bit miffed because it was during the day," Mr Stark, the vocalist, said.
However, a police spokesman said the music was too loud and officers were forced to act on complaints from a Casino Street neighbour at 6.30pm and imposed a 12-hour silencing order.
Had the Stingrays disobeyed, they would have been fined $250.
With an average age of 50, the band plays '50s and '60s music for rock'n'roll clubs.
Mr Stark said they were not troublemakers.
"We're just a bunch of young locals having a go," Mr Stark said.
"We stopped as soon as police came and explained the situation."
A police spokesman said: "We don't have a problem with parties. We are just asking people to be mindful of their neighbours."
However, one of Mr Stark's neighbours, who did not want to be named, said people also needed to be tolerant during the celebrations.
"I could hear the music, but it didn't worry me," she said.
"I have a bigger complaint against the person mowing their lawn at 7 this morning. I work all year. This is my time to sleep in."