23.8 C
Byron Shire
February 5, 2023

The new Pompeii

Latest News

Swivel by name, drivel by nature

The lack of authenticity of Byron Councillor, Mark Swivel, does not come as a surprise from this side of...

Other News

Family and domestic violence leave comes into force tomorrow

New laws to provide 10 days paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave will come into force tomorrow for workers...

They are Hotshots

The two-hour production is a visual feast, choreographed and developed by Australia’s leading professionals and a hand-picked selection of dreamy guys who will have the ladies up from their chairs, screaming for more, night after night. With a totally interactive production, The Secret Fantasies Tour is the perfect night out with the girls.

Iconic Mondays

The iconic Reggae Monday is coming back to the Beach Hotel after a long break, and just in time...

Vinnies

What have they done to our Vinnies here in Mullum? They’ve killed it! It has reopened and it is...

Elanora woman murdered – police seek sightings of Ford Laser

Detectives investigating the murder of 61-year-old Wendy Sleeman are appealing to anyone who may have seen or captured vision...

A play that puzzles and delights

The multi-award-winning play is a puzzle of scenes that are slowly put together by the audience to tell the...

In response to Brian Mollet’s article : Byron Bay – the new Shire Rome? (4 January), I would argue that the ancient Roman resort city of Pompeii is a much more suitable comparison to our Byron Bay.

Nestled in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples, the city was preserved for centuries in ash and debris when the volcano erupted in 79CE. The remains are prime evidence for the lifestyles of the Roman rich and famous. Like Byron, the population was around 11,000 and the streets are full of Hellenised villas, spas, theatres, and bars (with the inhabitants still inside frozen in time).

However, when you search a little farther from the main tourist attractions you will easily discover the rooms of Pompeii’s slaves and lower classes – cramped rooms containing the common items of their precarious existence.

We know from the remaining graffiti and slave revolts (don’t forget Spartacus), that not everyone was happy with the situation.

In the end, the only solution to the housing crisis in Byron will be innovative, creative, collaborative action… or if Mt Warning erupts and levels the playing field.

Angus Ferguson, Suffolk Park


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

5 COMMENTS

  1. That would imply the solution is to nuke the place.
    I would still contend that it is analogist to the end of the Empire. Endless bread and circuses, currency debasement, and a lack of marshal preparedness – down right decadence – left it open to ‘unapproved sudden mass migration’ of Visigoths and Vandals. Byron can look forward to feudalism and a thousand year darkage. I would suggest the locals retreat into monasteries with all your precious holy books and wait for a renaissance.

  2. Seriously though. …modular self contained off the grid homes ( modified fire proof mould proof storm proof modified container homes with solar and generator backbup.
    Lease land from farmers on long term leases …total build cost for home ( including self generated electricity ie no power bills! ) $ 50,000.
    We already know what to do for quality affordable housing.
    Just do it!!!

    • I’ve been trying to push that for the last 12 months. It’s how I live. But they don’t actually want to live an eco friendly existence. Too uncomfortable.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Land values rise

Your cover story on 25 January claims that land valuation rises could herald increases in Council rates. This is potentially misleading. A council’s total...

Go Thistles!

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club has launched the Thistles Acceleration Program, in the process becoming the city’s only player development academy. 

Pothole protest gets immediate results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood? Organise a protest outside Mullum’s Council Chambers! By...

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Art imitates life in What’s Love Got to Do with It? a 2022 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.  The precis reads: ‘Set between London and Lahore, a filmmaker documents her childhood friend and neighbour’s arranged marriage to a bride from Pakistan.’