Cass Lloyd, Byron Bay
Who said the Greens know little about commerce? Seems they got it right in Byron Bay; maintaining the unique vibe of the local neighbourhood for past decades against the relentless push of the chain shops.
But now with the impact of urban-styled Mercato and their proposed new hotel can they do what other local councils have not been able to and preserve the Byron experience?
An ABC report on the famous shopping and eating strip Beaufort St, Perth, claims it’s in a serious down cycle. Over-hyped and over-priced rentals have squeezed out local innovative entrepreneurs.
A local action group chairman says, ‘People are looking for authentic experiences, they want to have something that feels local’.
‘You see this trend where retail disappears, then food and beverage gets squeezed out, then the chains move in and people say, “well, those places aren’t cool anymore so let’s not go there”.’
Please, councillors, don’t let this be repeated here… hold the line… Keep Byron Cool… (pun intended!).