21.6 C
Byron Shire
May 10, 2021

Byron Bay now Byron Pay

Latest News

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Country Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Other News

Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’...

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Comparissons

Gareth Smith, Byron Bay Trade Minister Dan Tehan wants to refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) because he...

The legal smoke

Paul Rea, Coorabell While Labor stopped taking donations from the tobacco industry in 2004 and the Liberals followed suit a...

Cartoon of the week – 5 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters...

For many years I’ve walked the back lane to the Byron Post Office during my work breaks and enjoyed at times having lunch under the tree behind the old Tursa building.  I observed how many others also enjoyed that space (particularly after Tursa closed down) under the shade of the mango tree.  It was a hidden oasis from the hustle and bustle of Johnson Street.

Workers from nearby appreciated this spot to have time out. There was an eclectic mix of community with the local homeless and passer-by’s taking advantage of this space for some solace out of the heat and away from the crowds. Now the tree has been unceremoniously chopped down to a stump, which I guess will be removed, for private parking apparently!

Another blight in a once unique town now becoming more like a mini city each day with security cameras jutting out in parks and gardens, paid parking throughout the town, it just goes on. Perhaps I’m too attached to the past.

And further more the Corner Store favoured by workers to choose from a good variety of lunch items particularly freshly made sandwiches is now gone, apparently to be replaced by yet another hipster café. Maybe good for the tourists but once again workers in Byron lose out. Pay for your parking, pay more for your lunch, its Byron Pay not Byron Bay!

Amanda Lucantonio, Byron Hinterland

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. Amanda,
    If the tree was unceremoniously chopped down then that is where you start.
    Today we have a ceremony for a tree that was unceremoniously chopped down in its youth. And I am acrimonious about that death of that tree, as it needs a decent ceremony of its passing, that something that was worth life and living and lived with us, and lived among us, in this world was something great and it does not get a ceremony when it is killed by thoughtlessness, and it dies. It was axed. That tree’s death is worth a few words said about it and a few leaves from a good book and a few tears shed that that great tree has been murdered. Its sap has stopping running. Someone with a sharp, blunted heart with venom inside them took a sharp axe and had a good day in an exercise in killing something that lived as that great tree reached for the sky.
    Shall we pray for the tree’s death, and the wretched person who preyed upon that tree with a need to kill it with axe blows. That tree is now reduced to carbon and now does not give out oxygen or take in carbon dioxide. Its carbon body has been added to the carbon in the soil or if it is burned that carbon dioxide adds to global warming. There is talk in Paris about that. A lot of talk in Paris but they do not know that there was a murder in Byron Bay. Shame on that sight as that blight in the chopping of a tree was not that bright.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of our global predicament, and a...

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered in this week’s Council Ordinary meeting. The...

Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’ energy projects, including 264 million...

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.