Andrew Crockett, Mullumbimby.
It was nice to see Byron council set up the tent by Santos the other week where locals could contribute their opinions about the future of Mullum. What was strange is that the well-dressed man taking all the information in was from Melbourne and had no idea about the local area.
He asked me, ‘How do you think we can keep the fabric of Mullumbimby?’ I said, ‘Well, don’t let it turn into Byron Bay!’
He asked, ‘What do you mean by that’? I said ‘Well, when I was a kid in the early 80s, Byron was still beautiful and I remember when it changed because my dad was upset and my dad told me, “See those houses there, son; when you are older they will be two, maybe three, storeys high and it will change this place.’
The government bloke looked a bit perplexed, ‘What has that got to do with Mullumbimby?’ ‘Um, the Stuart Street development for “affordable housing”?If you let Koho go through and put eight multi-level apartments on 500 squares in downtown Mullum, won’t that set a precedent for the rest of the town to be multi-level?’
Yes was the answer.
Well, that is what I am saying! It will ruin the town.
That is what we are looking at, folks: multi-level in Mullumbimby residential and even heritage areas.
He said, ‘But we need affordable housing.’
If Mullumbimby needs ‘affordable housing’ put it in the affordable part of town. Or better yet, put it on a farm and employ some local skilled labour to make the housing, not some developer clown who will make it out of crap toxic materials in such a way that in ten years’ time it will be obsolete and need to be bulldozed.