Byron?s ?emotional girl? now has her own song
By MEGAN KINNINMENT
WHILE Madonna is known as the 'material girl', Byron mayor Jan Barham is forging a reputation as the 'emotional girl', and she has her very own song to boot.
Cr Barham was bestowed with the 'emotional girl' moniker by her current arch-rival, multi-millionaire developer Gerry Harvey, after she shed a few tears over trees destroyed at Mr Harvey's $45 million Byron at Byron resort development.
Now the attack has been transformed into a homage to the mayor, inspiring local creative folk to immortalise the 'emotional girl' tag into a song hitting the air waves across the region.
The song, which encourages Mr Harvey to catch a bus out of town, was penned by Byron Bay musicians Robbie Resonator and Izzy Electric, of the duo Electric Resonators, and has already had air play on community radio station Bay FM and ABC North Coast.
"I was just stunned that a grown man with a huge company like that thinks he can get away with saying something like that," Robbie Resonator said.
"It's not nice, and he should show people a bit more respect. We all have our differences, but calling people names is just not very grown-up."
Cr Barham has also embraced the 'emotional girl' title, having listened to a copy of the song, as well as being presented with an 'emotional girl' T-shirt made for her by local artist, Rosie Lee.
"It's a very creative Byron response isn't it," Cr Barham said.
"These external attacks have actually united us as a community.
"It's lifted the tension I felt about the attacks ... to have the warmth of the community supporting me."