Stop #1, Rockhampton

The first stop on the Bizoo Launch journey was Beef capital, Rockhampton. You’d know its the beef capital from the numerous bull statues; most, sans testicles – a sport has emerged of stealing their junk. After a 9 hour drive straight up the coast from Rosewood, Dr Jerm, myself and Steve Towson hit the historic Walter Reid Centre, where we were lucky to snag a room for our stay – it certainly wasn’t roughing it, with a full enclosed apartment style digs designed for artist in residencies.

The first workshop, Oct 20th was a late night affair with both Steve Towson and Sophie Benjamin talking ‘the magic of good lyrics, community and the Importance of making your own music’. Around 15 people showed up for it, got linked up to places like APRA and A Venue, jumped some barriers to getting started and thought about what exactly is success in the music industry. If you missed it, don’t stress, we have a speed-dating night and movie screening happening when we come back through town on Nov 8th, to show ‘A Piss In The Ocean’, a doco that covers the Rocky punk and hardcore scene in the 80′/90′s. We can’t wait to see it ourselves !

After a bit of downtime, mainly checking out the old gold mining township of Mount Morgan, and all its quirks ( a suspension bridge, the locals, the running of the cutter and more!), we stepped up to the zine making event at the Rockhampton Library. Again with around 15 people taking part, zines on the local haunts, square dancing, magpies, speed cars and more were created. The Rocky Library is a huge state of the art centre like the Walter, all class. The day wouldn’t be complete without finding a new typewriter at the local dump shop for under a fiver to add to the collection, and being caught eating the food in the community organic garden.

Where to now ? After another 4 hour drive (stopping off at ‘The Caves’) we’ve hit Mackay, and as you can see from the photo, already made ourselves at home. This afternoon is the zine fair with Smells Like Zines, Gocco print making and more at CrossRoad Arts, a quirky artspace in the middle of town, situated on the top floor of an op shop. Can’t wait.
Elouise Quinlivan
Smells Like Zines

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