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August to discuss strategies/issues pertaining to the ‘disco dong’ at the Bayshore Drive roundabout. 

It has been suggested that the ‘artist’ be brought back to ‘complete’ the work and that there be further traffic control instigated, a cherry picker brought in, and an ‘experienced arts consultant’ brought in onsite – all at a cool $32–42,000.

The mind boggles! Is this what we want? 

To waste further money on what is such an obvious stuff up – a jagged and shambolic edifice at our door, the entrance to Byron? 

This is certainly no welcome mat. More like welcome to Guantanamo Bay than to Byron Bay. 

The thing is people-unfriendly and simply awful.

And what about the timing?  

At the same time, the Mercato appeared and its twin hybrid (the proposed 146-room hotel complex) is in the pipeline. 

The community was also all but pushed aside and environmental guidelines compromised over the destructive Butler St bypass. 

The Reflections takeover of Brunswick Heads is in full swing and we witness Council’s acquiescence. 

The imposition of paid parking for Brunswick Heads is being pushed by Council against community wishes. 

And not least of all, there is now a plan to push aside the popular community markets to make way for the Butler St bypass. 

It’s all symptomatic of a lack of consultation and the unholy rush to push developments through. 

What was once a crack is now becoming a chasm. 

Join the push and sign the petition online for the removal of the ‘dong’ and everything that its unnatural and dehumanising presence represents.


Ron Curran

Ocean Shore

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  1. Ron,
    It would not be the Artist who does not know art. This artist earns a living from sculpture and that means he is a professional artist.
    Direct your anger where it should be directed, at Byron Council. The public art should not be put on a traffic island roundabout. To smear the artist is to defame that artist.
    If Council put sculpture on the Bayshore Drive roundabout it means the sculpture is what Council wants.

  2. I agree with Ron’s comments re dong being like a Guantanamo bay welcome. It hurts me just to look at it. The only times it was not threateningly repellent was when the creeper started growing over it, and when someone hung a koala bear from it. Please remove and dismantle and recycle bits of it in an aesthetically refined and safe way. Replace with indigenous sculpture please.


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