17.6 C
Byron Shire
April 22, 2024

Spiritual retreat or a bucks in the bank?

Latest News

Cockroach climate

The cockroaches in the Byron Council offices are experiencing bright daylight at night. They are trying to determine whether...

Other News

Not enough letters like this about Gaza in The Echo?

The Echo’s studied indifference to the plight of the Palestinians and its reluctance to publish letters on the subject...

Mass tree-planting planned for Bruns River in Mullum

More than five thousand native plants are to be planted along Brunswick River banks in Mullumbimby.

School holidays at the market

Victoria Cosford School holidays shouldn’t only be holidays for children. Parents too are entitled to a break in routine, the...

Statement of faith leaders following attack in Sydney

NSW Premier Chris Minns and Minister for Multiculturalism Steve Kamper have released a joint statement from a diverse group of NSW faith leaders, in an effort to calm tensions following the recent knife attack at Christ The Good Shepherd Church in south western Sydney.

What’s happening in the rainforest’s Understory?

Springing to life in the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens this April school holidays, Understory is a magical, interactive theatre adventure created for children by Roundabout Theatre.

Mayor defends promoting sale of Wallum lots

Is the role of mayor Michael Lyon as a negotiator with Wallum developers, Clarence Property, compromised? With talks with...

Magenta Appel-Pye, Mullumbimby.

Does Mark Franklyn think we’re all airy-fairy idiots in Mullumbimby? In his ad in last week’s Echo he says his proposal for a vegan yoga retreat, that he says would have a potential maximum capacity of 300 guests but in my opinion would be capable of accommodating 2,800 people, would only be open to people who are on ‘the inner journey.’ What does that mean, and who will monitor if they pass his test?

It is for ‘the seeker of the truth.’ Give us a break. Isn’t it for capital gain?

Mullumbimby probably has more yoga rooms than Byron Bay. All of them small, friendly concerns run by good local people honestly earning a living?

But what about the people who live in Mullumbimby.

We’ve already had to complain to the police about noise coming from an event held on the site, Mr Franklyn. You live far enough away from the site so it doesn’t affect you.

The most beautiful thing about Mullumbimby is it’s peace and quiet. That’s why we live here. I am not against development. Places grow, fair enough. But it is outrageous that a developer would happily ruin the ambience of a unique little village for yet more bucks in the bank, and use the ‘spiritual’ platform to justify such a ‘vision’.

If Mr Franklyn really wants to make, as he says in his ad ‘a personal response to a traumatic world and contribution to the wellness movement’, then he should avoid traumatising the people of Mullumbimby and plan his large-scale developments in an appropriate area. Om Shanti!

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

A grim commemoration

US President Jo Biden, responding to a question, made the comment that the US is considering the dropping of the prosecution of Julian Assange. How...

Infrastructure for east end of Mullum

Mullumbimby was founded 135 years ago. In the 1960s sewerage was introduced, as was I suppose drainage infrastructure. Are we living in the 1920s...

Save Wallum now

The Save Wallum campaign has been ongoing and a strong presence of concerned conservationists are on site at Brunswick Heads. How the state planning...

Can Council’s overturn their decisions?

NSW Labor planning minister, Paul Scully, when asked about the Wallum estate by local MP Tamara Smith (Greens)  in parliament on March 20, said,...