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April 23, 2021

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I was sad to hear that homeless people have been moved on from Brunswick Heads – where can they go? Bruns at least had toilets and water on tap – very necessary for those sleeping rough.

I have long been telling anyone who would listen that we have an empty train line south of the Byron Bay intersection and that the state government is scrapping old train carriages. Why not bring those old train carriages up and park them on the line, with bush either side, thus out of sight of those who do not care for their fellow homeless human beings. The only cost would be to provide a few facilities, like a water supply and toilets, shower and laundry facilities.

It may need some supervision for resident safety reasons, but may well provide the temporary accommodation sadly lacking for Byron’s homeless.

Yes, I know a number will have mental illness, and/or addiction problems, but surely those problems cannot be addressed when people are living outside in all weather. If they have some sort of roof over their head, then support agencies could reach out to them.


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5 COMMENTS

  1. While this is a commendable idea- unfortunately it’s not a long term solution to homelessness or affordable housing. Despite the current crisis, Australia is one of the wealthiest countries on the planet.

    Instead of the federal gov giving ‘stimulus’ money to well off people to build/renovate private homes, that money would be better spent building social housing. That would be much better value for taxpayers’ dollars.

    Also the state gov needs to stop pandering to the corporates and urgently better regulate the short term holiday letting industry, which is reason local housing is unaffordable for so many.

  2. You really don’t want hear what I have to say about half of Hollywood showing up here with their egocentric bucks changing the way our community lives.

    You know, there have always been famous people living here. Before social media. They had enough discernment to respect their own privacy & in doing that, everyone else that lived here.. win win..

    These new imports.. needy socialites.. pack them up & send them on their way. They need to be noticed. They turn our beautiful home into the dystopia they come from. Thanks.. go back to Hollywood.

    We love you💕💕💕

  3. You really don’t want hear what I have to say about half of Hollywood showing up here with their egocentric bucks changing the way our community lives.

    You know, there have always been famous people living here. Before social media. They had enough discernment to respect their own privacy & in doing that, everyone else that lived here.. win win..

    These new imports.. needy socialites.. pack them up & send them on their way. They need to be noticed. They turn our beautiful home into the dystopia they come from.

    You know Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban live ‘somewhere’.. land ‘somewhere’… I say it like that because it is not the central focus of every single post about them.. it’s always about them returning ‘home’ to their place…

    These Hollywood troop of fan & pap needers don’t appreciate what they gave when they come here. So every time someone posts something it’s all over the world.. really?

    Fameplaguers.. sorry! You know.., go to Portland or Seattle & do something useful with your public media exposure otherwise.. be anonymous. You don’t have to post on social media where you are everyone you scratch yourself. You weren’t born with a mobile in your hand. Go back to Hollywood if you don’t know how to respect the place, your own privacy… have some respect for ours.

    We love you💕💕💕

  4. Re & cont’ previous comment…

    The reason you’re all arriving here is because the place is special. It’s always been special & unique.

    While it has changed to locals of 40 or 50 years or longer.. & of 30 years.

    For the past 20 or so years locals have worked their butts off to keep the place ‘nice’.
    We have worked hard to keep as much authenticity & local business as we can instead of big brands.. there are some.
    We have all worked to respect the land & environment.
    We were already doing 1000 000 tourists each year before Hollywood started arriving. Don’t mind.. you turned up for a reason..
    respect the place. This place is our home too.
    & up until last week, it was home to a bunch of homeless people who are homelessly homeless. Potentially an issue during a virus.

    So you want to be here with your privilege, causing our real estate to go up & our homeless kicked out. Give back to the community.
    Don’t use this community to make yourself look good. We looked good before you got here. That’s why you came.
    I could have been more polite.. sorry about that…

    We love you.. blessings

    We love you💕💕💕Thank

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