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December 1, 2021

Rallying round Mullum hospital welcomed

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Congratulations to all involved with the saving of the Mullumbimby Hospital and a call to arms to our cousins in Byron Bay suburbs to rally likewise to save the old Byron Hospital for the community.

To the Byron Bay, Sunrise, Suffolk Park and Ewingsdale good folk, there are many dozens if not hundreds sleeping rough around Byron, I believe the locals call the reserves around Belongil the Belongil Estate due to the number of makeshift dwellings and tents being used by young and old to just survive.

With winter coming, the possibility of illness increases as well as the year-round possibility of abuse due to the lack of a secure home.

I would like to congratulate and thank mayor Simon Richardson, upper house member Ben Jackson, Tamara Smith, our councillors in particular Michael Lyon and the other councillors who attended April 23rd’s rally and meeting.

I was proud to be part of the Mullumbimby and surrounds community that stood up and cared enough to save a great community asset.

Again I see no reason why the east Byron shire suburbs residents do not deserve to have the old Byron hospital to stay in community hands for the benefit of our homeless, at risk youth and others and as a general community facility.

Jeremiah O’Toole, Myocum

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  1. I see yet again the usual mob turn up to protest and of course supported by our stargazing mayor. There are so many professional protest that occur around here that it is hard to keep track but every time good ole Simon is there cheering along.

    So you want to save the hospital hey?? So now council can buy it for $1 who is going to pay for the rest. The site requires millions of dollars in rehabilitation works just to ensure hazardous substances can be removed. Then to modify the buildings into any sort of acceptable living quarters will cost millions more. Council cant afford to spend a single cent there……this came along after council cried poor and asked we all accept a hefty rate rise which even then still does not provide the capital expenditure to perform minimum maintenance requirements.

    Yet again we see government cave into a very small minority of people who never bother consider who pays. This is likely because the majority of these protestors would be from generations of welfare dependant families were no one really cares who pays. A free ride is entrenched in their psyche.

    Now that Byron council has the building you can bet it will end like the bulk of the public infrastructure in our region, decrepit, dilapidated and underused.

    Here’s betting that before too long, chain wire fence goes up around the site and the only inhabitants will the rats and squatters.


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