Hugh Downie, Federal.
Twenty years ago Byron Shire was famous as the dumping ground for rusted, pollution belching old campervans whose occupants forgoed traditional clothing and a healthy bath, for the freedom of expression. Dead vehicles littered the highways and byways. Their panels and windows adorned with peace stickers and rainbow flags.
Today these new symbols of occupancy are Range Rovers, Porsches and Audi Quattro’s. All black. All with darkened windows. All belching fumes out into the prestige air. Their occupants still wear feathers and colourful clothing. But now the feather is stuck in the must-have Panama hat and the clothing is billowing white linen shirts with the latest, must-have resort shoes from Zimmermann. Not tie died t-shirts and hand made sandals.
But when you delve further the question one asked 20 years ago and now, appears to generate the same answer. That is, do these people really have money (ie free, disposable income)?
Twenty years ago the answer was No! They lived off love and donations. Today it’s still No, but now they have access to a bottomless pit of debt.
So some things in life don’t change. Let’s hope that love for others also doesn’t change.