Jill Keogh, Federal
The Rotunda must stay! The Rotunda has spirit and soul, it has authenticity, it must stay where it is, in Railway Park!
Quirky and simple it may be, but this small cubby carries in Byron Shire a grassroots story ‘within and without’ its walls of Aboriginal paintings. Stories of people and place; of people who have lived in Byron, who have shaped and been shaped by its land and waters, people who fought to protect it.
Hundreds, if not thousands of volunteers who have gathered, and continue to rally at the rotunda’s base, for a myriad of causes. Flags flying, it is a landmark.
The rotunda is a symbol of people power. It was built by the people, maintained by the people. Let neither burgher nor bureaucrat sweep it aside on the tide of money that is sanitising Railway Park – smothering all in its wake. The peoples’ Rotunda has earned its place, its stories intact.