Byron Bay Triathlon at Main Beach in Byron Bay. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Byron Bay Triathlon at Main Beach in Byron Bay. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

LETTER: Quirky Byron has left the building

SPOT ON Sue Gardiner (The Byron Bay Blues.) Without rancour or angst, you have eloquently and honestly painted a picture of what Byron Bay is today.

And as somebody born and raised in the Byron Shire, I reckon your opinion carries some legitimate weight.

You will probably cop a kicking from some quarters for speaking out and no doubt you will get the usual lazy, 'if you don't like it, then leave' argument, as I may for supporting your view.

Similar thoughts about Byron Bay crossed my mind about where the town is at and where is it going when I too saw the latest backpacker adventure shopfront in Lawson Street a couple of weeks ago.

I thought, 'Not another one?' Saturation point? How many more? To answer my own question, if there's a dollar in it, there will be more. That's the way it goes.

The Byron Bay market is dominated by backpacker and English language school visitors who, as far as I can see, spend their money on accommodation (if not camped illegally), booze, food from the supermarket, takeaways and adventure.

So through the simple laws of supply and demand, it's not surprising the once flourishing speciality shops are disappearing.

Sue is right, the 'Bohemian cultural experience' is now a memory.

While they are being loved to death, thankfully, Byron Bay has still got its magnificent beaches and cape and nothing - except Mother Nature - can change that.

But if you re looking for 'quirk', forget it. It's left the building.

Gary Chigwidden

Suffolk Park



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