As a visitor to Byron Bay from Melbourne who has family in Ballina I couldn’t help but notice on my most recent visit the lack of street art in the town.
For a community that is supposed to be so creative I would have thought that the local council would encourage local artists to create interesting street art to liven up the town.
Melbourne has some amazing graffiti art in the city which would look fabulous on some of the drab walls and buildings in the town.
There is a fine line between laid back and shabby and I am afraid on this visit I felt that Byron had crossed into the shabby territory.
There seems to be little attempt to beautify the streetscape and surroundings of the town.
The trees and plantings are bedraggled, shop fronts dirty and run down and just a general down at heel feel which has nothing to do with the famous Byron character and perhaps just an excuse for local government to not spend money.
Also landlords and shop keepers should have more pride in their property and environment and make more of an effort.
Perhaps take a leaf out of the delightful Bangalow’s book where it is obvious the locals,shop keepers and restaurant owners take pride in their businesses and surroundings.
Louise Mott, Mentone, Victoria