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January 25, 2022

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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


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  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.


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