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December 9, 2021

A bin lane by any other name does not an Elysium make

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Tina Loven, Byron Bay

So I stumbled across this so newly named laneway only to be overwhelmed with a ‘Oh No, What Have They Done Here?’

As the project was called Elysium I looked up what this means and, apart from the theological meaning, as noun Elysium means ‘A place or state of perfect happiness.’

Well that being the case where are the greenery or flora that can be creative displays, where was perhaps a hanging wall garden to creative a sense of peace and comfort? All that seems is brazen bright lines that give you a mild episode of mental anguish of trying to make sense of it all. I almost had an epileptic episode! I feel sorry for any visitors driving through there, not know if to stop at a zebra crossing that’s gone bad bad or to follow the Yellow brick road lines to where Toto is defecating next to the bins?

If Byron is to showcase its environment why not place some nice ferns or palms in the lane and drizzle them with fairy lights to give a nice feel. But the lines and images? I know it’s art and all that jazz. To the many people that worked and volunteered and also contributed in some way or another to the project we applaud you for your time, effort and funds but for around $100,000 though wow, didn’t know spay paint was that expensive, would like to know the breakdown costs. Sure it was a fundraiser campaign, but seriously $100K?

Also some greenery would have been ideal to mask all that putrid bin juice and aromas that arise from all those large commercial bins and the multitude of wheelie bins from the shops, hotels and backpackers. Come on council, next laneway can we do a hanging gardens of plants like cities that are switched on?

Lanteen Lane you say well – where are they? More like Bin Lane, because they are there to stay!


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