Ballina Marine Rescue volunteers pushing to raise money to equip their leaning tower with radios and other equipment (from left) Tony Hensley, Clare Gibson, Meg Luckie, Lorraine Leuckel, Diann Lannoy.
Ballina Marine Rescue volunteers pushing to raise money to equip their leaning tower with radios and other equipment (from left) Tony Hensley, Clare Gibson, Meg Luckie, Lorraine Leuckel, Diann Lannoy. Doug Eaton

Art holds up leaning tower

IT WILL take a bit more than a push from volunteers at Marine Rescue Ballina to fix the "leaning tower of Ballina".

The tower has major structural issues and is on a lean as a result.

But the organisation has been working hard to raise money for radios, computers and other much-needed equipment to fit out the new $1.7 million tower.

They already have about $150,000 in the bank.

Next fundraising event is the second annual Waves and Waterways Art and Fine Craft Exhibition and Sale.

And with internationally renowned artist Angus McDonald lined up to judge the works, the show is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for talented local artists.

Mr McDonald - who lives and works in Lennox head - was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2009 and 2011.

He studied at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, where he received the Brett Whiteley Scholarship in 1994 and spent six years working in Greece and Italy.

Since 1995, Mr McDonald has held 25 solo exhibitions in Australia, Japan and Britain.

Marine Rescue Ballina's fundraising offer Jo Hurley said she was excited that Mr McDonald was involved.

"The closing date for entries is December 1," she said.

"Expressions of interest are invited for paintings, sculptures, ceramics, woodworks, photography and fine craft in keeping with our theme."

Waves and Waterways will open on January 13 with a gala night from 6pm and continues until January 15.

Marine Rescue Ballina commander Norm Lannoy will judge the Packing Room Prize with the winner scoring two nights at Alstonville Country Cottages.

Selection panel awards will be $600 for first prize and $225 for second prize.

A people's choice award will also be given as will a prize for visitors who vote for it.

To submit work for the show, visit www.vmrballina.com/artshow.asp, email artshow@vmrballina.com or call Ms Hurley on 0427 788 318.

Marine Rescue needs new members and radio officers.

If you already have a radio licence and are interested on-the-job training or if you would like to become a member, call 6681 4700.



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