Fiona Long, Mullumbimby
That we all agree to hand back the two hospital sites in Byron and Mullumbimby to the Arakwal people to help strengthen their community.
Aboriginal housing in Byron Shire is shamefully undervalued and inadequate. These two sites could be used for tiny houses, food forest gardens, or whatever they wish.
There are options to raise money to build, including direct mutual aid to communities, so they can manage themselves – as well as having people donate skills and resources. I’d like to see that model here.
We can help prevent deaths in custody and racism by putting our money where our mouths are. Help create more mutual aid and resources vis food, clothing and shelter projects. Also through mutual aid campaigns like #FreeHer (Sister Inside), a campaign that pays forward the fines of unfairly targeted Aboriginal women.
If anyone agrees, write to Byron Council before it makes its decision on the hospital sites.