Terence Johnson, Mullumbumby.
Recently I wanted to see the mini-houses exhibit at Renew Fest but the $75 admission was more disposable income than I had.
Awhile ago I wanted to catch Gyoto monks talking about depression at Starlight Fest – $100 admission I also didn’t have.
Commercial events charging the max is not new. Community gigs charging unaffordable prices is sad and marginalizing.
Both times I could have managed $20 or so (still significant on a pension) but didn’t feel up to begging. Will Byron Shire soon be only for the cashed-up with workers transported in to service them?
I’ve lived here since the 80’s. Should my present accommodation become unavailable, I would need to buy a tent.