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February 27, 2021

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We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

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A safe space for sexual assault survivors

In a perfect world, the trauma Margot and Joana experienced would not have happened, and there would be no need for the very important support group they have created.

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

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Family Court scrapped

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Lindy Stacker & Family, Binna Burra.

I recently moved here just over a year ago, after thinking about this for some 30 years. Wish I had have made the transition many moons ago; hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Like many people who have moved to the area (city refugees) I would like to think that people come here for similar reasons: ethical considerations and ecological reasons, not just to enjoy its beauty.

For me I had several human rights/environmental activist friends in the area and escaping the increasing madness of the Sydney rat race was paramount to my over-thinking and exhausted brain.

However, after recently seeing the vile/ugly and totally inappropriate, blindingly gross ‘metallic pointy thing’ at the roundabout on Ewingsdale Rd, I ALMOST wish I hadn’t come.

Yes, it is that hideous and out of character for Byron. This structure has impacted upon our serenity and peace of mind.

Did the council ask locals for their input? Surely they couldn’t have, as every person I speak to without exception is horrified, angry, and feeling frustrated with having to actually physically face a cheap and nasty monolithic Xmas tree.

It must be a danger to birds rather than a monument to them! What would have been far more appropriate would have been to invite the local Arakwal Indigenous community to come up with a meaningful art piece / structure, or to have a statue / monument representing local but threatened wildlife such as the koala.

An organic structure such as a garden / totem pole with some tall endemic trees or shrubs that could be trimmed when necessary to avoid any distractions to motorists would have had meaning and certainly received more public support. This is NOT the case currently.

Who on Earth would want to see this ‘out of space rocket landing’ when entering a once-pleasant leafy entrance to Byron? I totally agree with Mandy Nolan’s comments recently published in her ‘Soapbox’ piece (Echo, 2 Jan) ‘… this aluminium-foil razor-wire looks like it came from a discount store… Cheesecloth-wearing hitchhikers will get stuck to it in a high wind… we need to use it for a trellis for tomatoes or growing weed.’

IF we can’t do the latter, PLEASE could we light it with rocket fuel (maybe a boost from a wind turbine to save CO₂ gases) and send it into space, never to be seen again. Where is Doctor Who with the Tardis when we need her?

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