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I had to laugh (wryly) upon reading the letter by Milton Cater (‘Save Bangalow’) who says the proposed Bangalow factory complex will ‘lower the tone’ of Bangalow and that the 400 postulated jobs will be taken by ‘revhead westies’. Hilarious. Snobbism much!

However I wasn’t just laughing at Milton; I was laughing at myself and all the people everywhere who think they can stop others from encroaching on their ‘sacred space’, disturbing the amenity and ‘lowering the tone’.

Mine goes something like this: ‘OMG the roaring traffic on Coolamon Scenic Drive between Ocean Shores and Mullumbimby shouldn’t be allowed — trucks, vans, motorbikes, 4WDs in the middle of the road and oh those young Ocean Shores revheads in their hotted up cars: the noise! the pollution! They don’t belong on this narrow winding back-road when there is a perfectly adequate route between Ocean Shores and Mullumbimby that takes about the same amount of time. They’re ruining the road, jeopardising wildlife and destroying the peace and quiet of this rural area.’

Yes Milton, I wish these people would ‘get real’ and use a more reasonable route, ‘elevating’ the countryside instead of ‘destroying it’ (quote quote and quote). But I’m not holding my breath, and neither should you.

M Morgan, Mullumbimby

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  1. M. Morgan, It may appear snobbish at first glance but looking deeper — the recent ‘community / council survey’ identified the qualities that attract people to Bangalow. Not just locals — but visitors alike.
    People (this includes visitors) like the village atmosphere, the small town feel, the historic main street, the picturesque rural setting. I would say — “westies” or tourists, as well as other visitors value these qualities of Bangalow.
    It’s not about keeping it all for ourselves — as your letter suggests — but more about keeping the character of the town. Keeping it unique. Many people care about this.

    And I must add — the small shops and cafes DEPEND on keeping Bangalow unique and special — for their livlihood — and longterm viability. They have a lot more to lose than some of the rest of us who just value the lifestyle of a hinterland village.

  2. M Morgan — and specifically on the ‘rev-heads’ issue — remember, Bangalow has NO bi-pass so ANY large factory development would send ALL traffic through the town. Either down our much loved historic main street where most of the shopkeepers and small cafes are located, or North through our residential area.
    A huge increase in traffic — trucks, cars as well (as any ‘rev-heads’?) definitely Not in the best interest of Bangalow.


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