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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 10th 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 11, 2008 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Doors ready to close at abuse centre FIONA BRADY A HABERFIELD-BASED counsell- ing centre for victims of child sexual abuse will close on Friday despite protests from staff. Dympna House is a non- government organisation which is co-funded by the Sydney South West Area Health Service and the Community Services Department. Staff at the centre have released a statement condemning the clos- ure. ''As Christmas approaches the Community Services Department and the Health Department are withdrawing funding from the only statewide child sexual as- sault service in NSW,'' the state- ment said. ''Christmas is well known for the highest rate of child sexual assault crimes, therefore DoCS' withdrawal of funding from their main referral point for child sexual assault is nothing short of baffling.'' A health service spokesman said the Dympna House board of management had determined that the service should close. He said the health service had referred clients to alternative service pro- viders until the service reopens under new management in June. ''An interim telephone service will operate, using Dympna House's existing phone lines, pro- viding continuity of service.'' It is understood staff have taken a case to the Industrial Relations Commission in a dispute over wages. Gunning for great Glory SHIREEN KHALIL HITTING THE BIG TIME THE BAND: AJ Dyce on vocals, Anthony Chmiel on guitar, Vinnie Dawgy on bass, Andrew Gill on guitar and Andrew Jhavery (Chung) on drums SEARCH: Australia's most searched unsigned artist on Google. Largest pop punk band online nationally with 750,000-plus plays and 34,000 friends on MySpace. Also popular on buzznet, ilike and facebook ACCOLADES: Drum Media listed the band in their Top 10 Most Potential Artists for 2007/2008. Also performed on Australian MTV Live Andrew Jhavery and Vinnie Dawgy from Guns For Glory are ready to rock America. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP226026 TO be picked by a US record label is great, but to be discovered through your MySpace page is even amazing. Pop rock band Guns For Glory recently clocked up one million plays on MySpace and manager Tim Dyce said it was only a matter of time before a US record label discovered them. ''This is a huge feature for any Australian band or artists, be- cause having an opportunity to release their music in the US, is something which is hard for every aspiring Australian artist,'' Mr Dyce said. Standby records, which is dis- tributed through Victory records and Sony Red label (USA) ap- proached Mr Dyce about a year ago and after negotiations, the deal was sealed in October. The five-member band have been touring Australia for three years. Their current EP Love, Lust and Lolliness sold out in most stores nationally. Drummer Andrew Jhavery (known as Chung), of Strathfield, said the band was really excited. ''The market in the US is bigger and they appreciate live music, and the live scene in Australia unfortunately isn't that big,'' Chung said. ''The music we write now is really poppy. Since we signed the deal, we are changing the image we have. We don't want people thinking we are Emos , we want to have fun doing what we do and make good music people want to listen too.'' The former Concord High student, who was part of Sick Puppies, believes two minutes of music the band can create is two minutes away from everything else in life. ''We also want to send a message that even a band from the suburbs, can make it big, like us,'' he said. Guns For Glory rehearses at Keynote studios, Homebush, and working on a demo of their new EP, Can You Keep a Secret? with a planned video clip. ''People can expect fun, pop rock from this EP which will be re- leased in April and after, we will tour the US off the back of re- lease,'' Chung said. Check out their MySpace page at www.myspace.com/ gunsforglory your community news from burwood council
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