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April 21, 2021

Byron as community

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MVP is its own award

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Joe Fay, Byron Bay

Byron is usually recognised as a place where the basic social structure was largely built on a strong sense of community that many of us respect and promote. 

But my friend and I were shocked while having coffee at a cafe in Byron recently. A group of at least six young adults were standing on the corner of Marvell and Middleton Streets watching and discussing the plight of a dog standing in the middle of the intersection, looking confused and in danger. Not one of them did anything to help, instead getting photos and laughing at the danger he was in. The idea of a community coming together to help one another didn’t seem to enter their minds.

We left the cafe to usher the very scared dog off the road. As we sat on the curb trying to comfort him while phoning the (very helpful) police and ranger, two women stepped up, the first to help calm him and take his picture to post on FB; the second taking him to the vet. The dog was happily reunited with his owner.

So while still feeling disgusted at the initial display of ‘I don’t want to get involved’ it was, in the end, a fine example of a community working together. 


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