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The Lighthouse sculpture will be dismantled tonight between 9pm and 3am. Photo David Lowe.

Some people will be overjoyed and others will be devastated, but no matter your personal point-of-view, the controversial Lighthouse sculpture will be removed from the Bayshore Drive roundabout tonight.

Removal work will be completed overnight between 9pm and 3am and full road closures may occur for short periods of no longer than 15 to 30 minutes at a time while the sculpture is safely moved.

Director of Corporate and Community Services Vanessa Adams says that road users need to be aware that the southern section of Bayshore Drive is likely to be closed to traffic for the duration of the work with access to the Arts and Industrial estate being detoured via Banksia Drive and Sunrise Boulevard.

‘The sculpture will be partially dismantled and transported to the Council depot on Bayshore Drive,’ said Ms Adams.

‘Once the sculpture is at the depot, birds will be detached and taken to the Myocum Resource Recovery Centre.’

Byron Shire Council resolved to decommission the sculpture at the August ordinary meeting of Council. It’s estimated the cost to remove the sculpture will be within $11,000 –$13,000.

‘To recoup costs, Councillors resolved to sell undamaged birds for $20 per piece,’ said Ms Adams.

Council have said that you can register to purchase a bird from the sculpture on their website.

The birds will soon be available for purchase at the Myocum Resource Recovery Tip Shop.

Interested buyers will be notified when they are ready for pick up and Council will also post updates on its website and social media sites.

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  1. Hooray !!! Now we will have a clear view of the real lighthouse !

    What a travesty !

    Another brilliant idea by our enlightened, cash-strapped, Council.

    Meanwhile, my road home is as bad as ever, despite my rates quadrupling !!!

  2. Although I feel for the creator of this piece, I hope it is replaced by judicious use of landscaping that doesn’t distract or block motorists’ view at the intersection, or disrupt that long view to that famous iconic headland & lighthouse.
    That’s the welcome to Byron Bay in itself!

  3. We should all rejoice. In our democracy it was public opinion that felled the phallus. In other countries we might have been given a statue of Scomo and been stuck with an even bigger member.

  4. Hooray ! that nasty, ugly ,space ship has finally taken off……and not before time. As Mandy Nolan so rightly said people’s cheesecloth clothes would be shredded to bits & tourists may get impaled on it. OMG couldn’t council come up with something more ‘organic’ than this metallic tragic looking Xmas tree ? SO many natural features could have been erected (like native plants/Indigenous artwork/totem poles etc ) this was an embarrassment & an eyesore. I think Council may have listened to us BUT don’t want to admit it. I’m going to celebrate with a Champas ….but I must say I am appalled that people emailed & FACEBOOKED the artist and abused & insulted him. That is NOT very Byron & I am so sorry that the artist had to put up with such vile & nasty comments directed to him personally.

  5. Council masters of money management – yes it cost $20,000 + $11,000 to remove it –
    all ok we re gonna SELL BITS OF IT AT THE TIP SHOP FOR $20
    yeah – that’ll work …!


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