Gisela Stieglitz, Wooyung
Right here in our little Shire a lot of money can be made by conjuring up the mirage of a quaint seaside or tree-change lifestyle. Selling is a dream in the Bay! Take Ewingsdale, for example, which is meant to be tranquil, as described in a real estate ad in last week’s Echo.
Yes kind of true, unless the wind carries the highway noise into your abode, or you try to get into Byron, or elsewhere. Or what about Goonengerry, from where – according to another ad – it is ‘an easy 20 minutes scenic drive to Byron Bay’. Via helicopter, maybe? Or check out a property advertised as located in the ‘golden grid’?
Where the heck is that, you may ask? Well if you are not in the know, you might just not be rich enough!
It is time to move out and over, you hippies, musicians, artists, and barefoot gardeners of the Shire, and let the big end of town enjoy what you’ve created! But come back every day via the traffic jam to clean, wait, and cook. And don’t complain about the gig economy! How else can the big end of town get bigger?
It is sad to see such a beautiful place being loved to death and choked by car fumes. As a long-time resident who moved out of Byron in 2003, I can only watch in desperation and awe.