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May 15, 2021

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I attempt to be positive and optimistic most of the time, offering alternatives to our present situations. Even to the point of steering the conversation away from the covid gossip and the cynicism of establishment agendas.

But I have a few gripes to share.

  1. Brunswick Heads, last Saturday, was in complete lockdown. Nowhere to park in the whole town, even well into residential areas in all directions.
  2. Our new transport centre on the Byron bypass is sinfully ugly. With some barbed wire it could look like a gulag concentration area. The quaint old heritage railway centre now completely boarded up. What a shame.
  3. A mature age woman who can no longer live in her car tried to rent accommodation from a real estate company and was told there were over 200 applicants for the two rentals. As reported in The Echo and Bay FM, business owners are renting accommodation for their service workers because there is no affordable accommodation in Byron Shire.

Last week’s Echo had no rentals listed. Yet there are hundreds, if not thousands, available on Airbnb. I’ve read that approximately a third of Byron homes are now on Airbnb.

My last housemate was approached by a friend to rent a home in Byron so she could turn it into a holiday let, as she could not rent any more homes because the real estate would not rent any more to her.

So now Byron will have its first traffic light because traffic backed up on the motorway is too dangerous, with all the service workers coming in from other shires. So sad!

  1. On my way home Sunday, I decided to go via Coolamon Scenic Drive to stop at the lookout at the very top, only to find it completely blocked off.

Byron seems to be loved to death by a thousand cuts. Is it possible to save our lovely Shire, and planet, from too many people and overdevelopment?

Maybe the 100k lightworkers who focused our love on Uluru on the planetary convergent solstice to energise the Pleiadian ‘Magic Box’ given to the Elders to fully open the age of Aquarius will have the desired effect? We shall see.


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