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Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

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  1. Don’t diss my ability!
    On Sunday the 14th of July my husband and I had the pleasure to watch the very gifted and talented ‘Sprung’ theatre group. A bunch of young special needs performers as they acted and danced in a charming French themed caberat. I was so impressed with the expression of emotional depth, nuanced humour, grace and presence that these fine young performers exuded. Sadly though in the second half the show took a dive and certainly not because of the ‘Sprug’ performers but they’re support enterages’ decision to take up centre stage. It was entirely unecesary & innapropriate. The clowning duo who’s costumes didn’t even fit the theme, wore even worse expressions on their faces, highlighting the very difference that we’d been privy to it the first half. That these special needs folk do indeed possess a special quality rarely seen in the performance world, authenticity! It shocked me to the point of outrage that the accompanying caberat singer then needed to have her moment in the spotlight and chose to sing ‘never enough’! From the Greastest Showman. The hypocrisy seemed outrageous to me and I wondered if it wasn’t lost on everyone else in the audience? One doesn’t need to be a sociologist, merely an empath! Or are there hardly any empaths left anymore these days? Clearly we’ve come a long way since the days of PT Barhnums’ freak show but I question have we come far enough? The addition of non-disabled people to the performance did not enhance the show, it simply served to highlight that there’s a long way to go in the exercise of creative power. Achieving a just peace is more demanding than defending a status quo.


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