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