Aleks Parm, Byron Bay
Regarding objections to KFC: Exactly what are the demagogic objections based on anyway? ‘Tourists come to Byron because those things are not here,’ says one eager opposer, so the tourists and holiday letting are a good thing, as long as it supports an anti-argument!? The mayor bleats KFC have no toilets planned; I doubt that.
Do we aspire to develop a model community and encourage local businesses? In which case, unless we want to be a bunch of hypocritical pietists, we should promote the same set of standards for all businesses throughout Byron Shire. Why sign petitions against KFC and Dan Murphy’s while munching on a foot-long chicken Subway, buying toilet paper from Woolworths and filling our fuel tanks at BP on our way to a local liquor baron’s overpriced booze outlet?
Perhaps the problem is in food quality? Byron Bay already has venues that serve artery-clogging calorie bombs that have not been banned. Or is the concern with animal rights, opposing cruelty to fowl? What then about Sunnyside greeting visitors right on our doorstep? Chicken factories are cruel and disgusting but we don’t have a giant bucket of bloody feathers propped up on Ewingsdale Road in protest. However the resentment over a big bucket of equally disgusting crispy fried chicken is enough to cause a revolt against one multinational company.
In the meantime we are all paying for this blindsided ethical tag game with a constantly distracted community and a council that should instead be focusing on real issues like all the other ugly unregulated signage allowed to run rampant across the streets of Byron or the monumentally ridiculous and wasteful traffic situation.