The beautiful Bangalow Masonic Hall in Station Street goes to auction on 28 July. Surprisingly the hall that has stood and serviced the Bangalow community since 1922 has never been heritage-listed, leaving it at risk of being demolished. Yet another much-loved community and historical icon lost to development.
I have seen so many changes in the shire since taking residence here 14 years ago, and there are so few culturally significant buildings left now. So the hall goes down along with a century of memories with a new proposed retail complex to appear in its place. How will a development of that scale in a tiny dead-end street affect the Bangalow community? What will happen to the billycart derby if roadworks are needed to accommodate a retail centre of considerable size? It looks to me like those billycarts are moving much too fast to take on a roundabout.
We have just experienced the Federal village community’s commendable and inspirational fight to save their church; perhaps the residents of Bangalow feel just as passionate about their community history and culture. What do you think about the situation?
Lisa Bennett, Byron Bay