Drum beats path to new home

HYPNOTIC drum beats resonated from Rockhampton's Capricornia Respite Care Association for the last time yesterday.

The group of people with disabilities will no longer meet at the centre following five noise complaints from a neighbour about their one-hour weekly African drumming sessions.

Instead, the group now have a new home where they can drum to their heart's content.

Starting next Tuesday, the group will now meet at the Rockhampton PCYC from 10am.

Centre manager Bridgit Loxton said while she was sorry the group had to move from the Cambridge Street venue of two years, she was pleased they had found such a suitable alternative.

"It's a very positive result.''

Sergeant Gary Walsh organised the new venue after being called to the premises yesterday following another noise complaint.

He said while it was up to a police officer's discretion to determine whether someone was too loud, they also needed to keep the neighbourhood peace.

"We can understand how people would construe the noise as excessive,'' Sergeant Walsh said.

"I'm personally not of that opinion, but we wanted to find a solution rather than stopping a therapy that may be helpful.''

Jody Blackburn, co-ordinator of the drumming program, said it had really helped its participants.

"We had one boy whose carer had to hit the drum for him when he started and now he beats it himself,'' she said.

Another drummer, Callum Keith, told The Morning Bulletin yesterday that he loved the drumming sessions.

"It's fun,'' he said.

Callum said he looked forward to them every week and was glad they were continuing.

Last week's drumming session had been postponed after police warned they may have to confiscate the instruments if one more complaint was received.

Yesterday neighbour Wendy Lander visited the centre to offer her support for the program.

The Bully has also received a flood of letters to the editor on the topic.

"It's restored my faith in humanity. Apart from the one neighbour who can't put up with an hour a week, everyone had been so supportive.''

She said the drumming sessions were open to all interested members of the public.

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