T Reid, Wilsons Creek
Mullumbimby is changing fast and people are coming here in large numbers. Why do they move here? Community? Freedom? That village feel?
The old are out and the new are in, so gone is the video shop and hello to a new vegan rainbow yoga community space.
Sounds good for community doesn’t it. So who and what is community? The video shop had been there for years and part of the community service they provided was to allow a long-term homeless woman to leave her bags in the shop – a safe place to put them – before sleeping in the alley at night.
In place of the community service quietly offered by the video shop owners we now have gates going up over the walkway (at night time) and a security camera installed to make sure no riff-raff are misbehaving.
This blocks off the walkway between Stuart Street and the carpark at Diner 55 (previously the Poinciana) – a walkway that has been open to the public since these commercial premises were built.
Do we want to see fences and CCTV watching us in our town? If the answer to that is yes, I ask again – why did you move here? Community? Freedom? That village feel?
Do we want to change Mullum into what we have all tried to escape from? Or do we just want to bring it all with us and package it up under a new name?