Community showgrounds

Magenta Appel-Pye, Mullumbimby

Thanks to Cheryl Tyler for bringing up an important community issue in last week’s letters. The Mullumbimby Showground is a beautiful, peaceful place for families, kids, dogwalkers and everyone to visit and enjoy. Except when cars speed through like it’s a main road – and many do.

I also have experienced asking people to slow down and being abused for it. Shame on the person who responded that they didn’t care about your f#@$#g dogs. Not long ago, someone’s dog was run over and killed at the showground whilst out walking. For dog owners, our pets are an integral part of our family and very loved. It could just as easily be a child or an elderly person who gets run over.

A while ago I wrote to the Mullumbimby Showground Trust about this very issue and suggested they keep the Chinbible Ave entrance closed to traffic, except for Farmers Market days and other special events. They could easily put a gate, opposite the Spaghetti Circus venue, and parents could walk in to pick up their children. All those cars would not have to drive in the showground at all, and if there was a genuine need, they could access it from Main Arm Road. I was not even graced with a response.

The Showground should be a safe haven to walk. We are lucky to have this valuable asset for our community, and fortunate that Margaret and Keith are such wonderful caretakers. I encourage people to write to the Trust about this situation, and maybe with enough numbers, sense and safety might prevail.

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