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May 18, 2024

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Phil Townsend, Ewingsdale

Over recent weeks we have all heard or read about the impending application to build a KFC in the Bay. Now, please don’t misunderstand my intent here. I am not for a KFC being in Jonson St, but I feel compelled to say my bit in support of some of our longstanding established businesses.

Maybe I missed an edition of Echonetdaily in recent months but what about Bunnings coming to town and the effect that will have on our image. Bunnings is the KFC and McDonald’s of hardware, building supplies, outdoor and camping goods, nurseries and pavers all rolled into one behemoth and it’s rolling down St Helena towards our ‘alternative, family-friendly and unique holiday destination’.

The emergence of Bunnings in our Arts and Industry estate could or will mean the demise of possibly five long-established businesses in Byron Bay and more, perhaps further afield in Mullumbimby and Bangalow and surrounding areas.

KFC in Byron will be another franchise ‘nail in our coffin’ for sure and will take a slice of the takeaway food pie (pardon the pun) that can be hard fought for by our cafes and eateries, but I do see them as predominantly catering to the backpacker and day-tripping younger set that want a quick feed without thought about nutritional value.

The products that Bunnings source from mostly Chinese and Australian suppliers cover a huge range and Byron stores/businesses offering this range will be targeted by Bunnings.

We need to act on this as a priority, in my opinion, and preferably both have to be stopped from coming to town. Let me state that Bunnings has been privy to my consumer dollar over the years and we, as consumers, will usually tend to vote with our pockets, but I am happy to do that only when in Tweed or Ballina.


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