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When did the community centre change to Byron Theatre and was there any public information shared as to this change? 

I am a very happy member of the elder beats, a drumming circle for elderly people that was based at the community centre. There were many other classes: singing, yoga, drama and I am sure many more activities. These activities now have been moved to the cabin near the tennis courts, which is very difficult for people relying on public transport. 

It is very important to keep us oldies interested in communicating with our peers and gives us something to look forward to each week. Can your esteemed newspaper endeavour to find out why this has happened, it is supposed to be a Community Centre – not the Byron Theatre.

Wendy Saville, Lennox Head

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  1. Perhaps around about the same time the plans to turn the balcony area into the Byron Club for the Beautiful People didn’t eventuate?

    It’s not just about the transport, but what this relegation communicates about how this community function is not valued in “the beating heart of Byron Bay”.

    Sorry to break it to you Wendy but community building doesn’t seem to be a high priority in the Bay. Maybe because so many genuine ordinary locals have been priced out? Anything that isn’t super trendy and/or pander to the insufferably pretentious seems destined to be pushed to the sidelines. It’s terribly sad.

    I’d also welcome an Echo explainer about the origins, ownership, governance, power structures and oversight of this entity that some of us think belongs to the community.


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