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Byron Shire
May 29, 2024

Celebrating LOVE

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The Paddock Project is hosting a (pre) Valentine’s Day picnic

The Paddock Project is hosting a (pre) Valentine’s Day picnic at the home of the giant LOVE sign that welcomes everyone to Mullumbimby. The LOVE sign has set the tone for all visitors and locals who pass by on their way into town and has probably been the most photographed local influencer for the past three years.

The LOVE sign has taken its share of beatings with the extreme weather events of late; it is miraculously still standing, however, as it was not built for outside living it is slowly showing signs of ageing. Rather than letting LOVE die, the Paddock people have decided to have it remade in a more permanent material and will host a Family Fun Day to give the community the opportunity to help raise money to remake the LOVE sign.

The event will have music from 9am with Jay Squidge, Tony and the Thief, Zac Cracka Laka, Mia Bloom and Sophie Wilksch.

Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the gardens and pick flowers to make their own arrangements, with two florists on hand to assist. There will be face painting, art and craft stalls, an art display, and workshops. Photographs will be taken of young, old and new lovers at the LOVE sign and the kiosk will be serving a special menu and more.

The Byron Shire Echo is just one of the many sponsors who have already generously supported this project through its crowdfunding page. ‘The iconic image visitors have of some towns can leave a lasting impression. Some have a lighthouse, some a big prawn next to a Bunnings. In Mullumbimby we are lucky to have the LOVE sign, with Mt Chincogan in the distance, often surrounded by sunflowers … I don’t know anyone in the town who doesn’t like it,’ said Echo General Manager, Simon Haslam. ‘The image is especially poignant as the sign suffered during the 2022 floods, and is now being rebuilt’.

Come and join in for this LOVEly community event. 

Saturday at 64 Argyle St, Mullumbimby from 9am to 3pm.

The sign of LOVE in Mullumbimby. Photo Simon Haslam.

A photo by Warren Fox of the LOVE sign, damaged in the 2022 flood, which he later sold as a flood fundraiser.


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