Save Darrell Lea, Sydney Start-up Goes East, Australia Rocks The Pier in Today’s Aussie News Headlines

by on July 12, 2012 · 0 comments

Darrell Lea in the USA: photo by Tova Raykin

Darrell Lea For Sale
Much beloved Australian licorice and chocolate company Darrell Lea has been placed into voluntary administration and is up for sale. Potential buyers from Australia and elsewhere have already put in bids to purchase and save the company which has about 700 employees worldwide and has been around for 85 years. Apparently the workers had no inkling about an impending closure and are unsure of their future. It has remained in the hands of the Lea family for its entire existence up until now. [Daily Telegraph]

Aussie Tech Start-up Moves to Silicon Valley
Curicon, a new start-up company based in Sydney will soon leave the beaches of Australia for the Northern California Coast as they relocate to Silicon Valley with hopes and dreams of unrivaled success. Curicon, which was launched in 2011, is a paradise for collectors and nerds everywhere. Whether it be action figures, comics, cards or even LEGOs, people all over the world can view and bond over the latest offerings or vintage treasures. Head of communications Kerrie O’Callaghan enlightened readers on the move: “Move to Silicon Valley? Yes, just as those before us left, we leave too. Australia is our home, we love it here and we will return one day. Until then, however, we must call California home. Unfortunately, Australia does not lend itself to the needs of the start-up. Investors prefer resources; our IT industry and university system have not developed the lust for risk, innovation and passion that lives in the Valley.” [The Age]

Australia Rocks The Pier Announces Competition Winner
Australia Rocks the Pier, which is a night of all Aussie music on the Santa Monica pier in California has announced the winner of its competition for an opening slot on the bill. D. Henry Fenton has won the prize and will open the show at 7pm on August 2. He will be followed by Matt Ellis and headliner Kasey Chambers. [Facebook]

This IS What Happens When Gotye Comes on the Radio!
Just when you think we’ve heard the last about that song: the video below comes out. Watch as these guys pretty much re-enact exactly what happens whenever we ourselves hear this song (minus the “I think he’s from New Zealand” line and rash problem.) [Gawker]