Theft of Byron Bay entry sign "unevolved" says co-creator
BYRON Bay's iconic 'Cheer up, slow down, chill out' entry sign has been stolen fora second time.
Local carpenter Ben Ormonde and Byron Evolution Concierge's Jodie Molloy worked together to create the sign after the original one, made by Rob Peroni, was vandalised and stolen about 18 months ago.
"I'm just disappointed, that's all," Mr Ormonde said.
"There are some very unevolved people around … but part of living in Byron Bay is you don't get too angry about things.
"What we'd like to do is recover the old sign, it would be much easier, but if not, we'll just bang up another one."
Mr Ormonde said if the sign wasn't found, the pair would create a replica, using stronger bolts next time.
"It's just a nuisance," he said. "But part of the resilience of Byron people is you just pick it up and do it again.
"I think the sign really shows, as you enter town, the essence and vibe of what Byron is that makes it so profoundly different to other places."