Letters to the Editor

STATEMENT PIECE: John Dahlsen’s artwork prompts one writer to offer his opinions on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
STATEMENT PIECE: John Dahlsen’s artwork prompts one writer to offer his opinions on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

JOHN Dahlsen's Monumental Art Work featuring an uprooted camphor laurel tree inspired me to make the connection between this invasive weed and illegal Israeli settlements.

Camphor laurels contain 15-18 biocidal toxins, most of which are moderately powerful. This tree in its most toxic types easily ranks as the most toxic plant in Australian history: what an apt analogy for toxic Israeli settlements on Palestinian land!

These trees and Israeli settlements must both be uprooted. Viva, viva Palestina!

Gareth W R Smith,

Byron Bay



Dear Rangers ...

I WISH you well during this highly stressed time around New Year in Byron Bay.

Unfortunately, the ways of old are here again with three tents set up in Middleton St this morning.

I have reported this to the police, but I feel the police are busy with drunks and other offensive behaviour.

Apart from being kept awake by the noise disturbance, I am left to clean up their rubbish and toilet paper.

There are clearly signs stating No Camping or Staying Overnight.

Please move these inconsiderate people away.

Thank you, I really appreciate what a great job you do, inspite of being understaffed and on short hours.

All the best of health and wellbeing for the new year.

Teresa Heal,

Byron Bay


Fast-food pollution

MORE than anything it's the symbolism and visual pollution of KFC and other multi-nationals that take over a town and change the environment/ambience and look of the place.

Byron Bay is a small regional town with a relatively tiny CBD area and to have it littered with crap like KFC, McDonalds, Hungry Jacks etc is just not on.

Subway crawled in but at least they have little street impact.

The fact that a local couple wants to open this joint rubs even more salt in the wound. Sellouts!

Michael McDougall,

Suffolk Park


In favour of KFC

NOW certain people who many would say belong to the "vocal minority" do not want KFC in Byron Bay.

This amounts to retail discrimination as we now have five pizza restaurants, at least six clothing stores, an ice cream shop and Mitre 10 and a Bunnings which has just been approved, which are all chain or franchise businesses where all the locals and tourists shop.

There is a Woolworths, IGA and Aldi which we all use and do not judge for the type of food they sell.

KFC should be given the same consideration in council as all the above were. To do anything differently will leave council open to more litigation.

The mayor does not speak for everyone in the town and as I belong to the "silent majority" we would like to see decisions made in council that are based on planning rules and that reflect a balanced unbiased opinion of councillors, including that of the mayor.

Patricia Bigg,

Byron Bay


LEP is no plan at all

THIS is a copy of a letter I sent to Byron Council:

I wish to protest the LEP submission as put out by Byron Shire Council. I have had quite a few discussions with people in the area and find it to be quite ridiculous to say the least.

From fish habitats being marked out in drains in Byron to historical sites on the Ocean Shores golf club.

Poorly planned and marked waterways which only run in the wet season (also marked as fish habitats) to forests of camphor laurel trees being marked as natural forest and wildlife corridors and again based on aerial photos.

The whole thing has been badly planned, badly managed and by the looks and sound of it no ground work with the farmers and community whatsoever.

This is a thoughtless document which is easily seen to be biased to Green ideologies and against property rights.

The whole thing is irresponsible. It has put undue stress onto many a family in the area by ignorance and pig headedness on the part of this "green" council.

It would seem the council is more concerned with their plans than the people they have committed to work for in the shire.

Pauline Kapral,

Ocean Shores


Dancing for joy

IT WAS a pleasure to read the article about Bruce Mitchell's dancing prowess.

Despite being blind, he enjoys and excels in ballroom and old-time dancing with his capable partner, Margaret. It is great that people with disabilities are able to engage in such a joyous sport.

It is good that wheelchair dancing has become an international competition. There's even underwater wheelchair dancing which was a hit at the Cultural Olympiad. My husband has two unco-ordinated legs and an unwilling mind. Even though he's sighted, the only thing he can see at dance classes is the exit door. He reckons he needs Dancing for the Dysfunctional.

Magenta Appel-Pye,



Save our snakes

ALL snakes are under protection, including the venemous ones.

Killing a snake, for example with a spade or by hitting it with a club, is a very serious offence.

If you notice an unwanted snake on your property, do the right thing and call the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers or WIRES to remove it for you without any charge.

You can help reduce the unneccessary suffering of an animal, which otherwise will end up dying very slowly.

Heike Eidt,

Byron Bay

Seasons bleatings

HOW dreary, dismal and disappointing Xmas has been in Byron Bay.

In the weeks leading up to Xmas Day, no sign of a Xmas tree, decorations, lights, nativity scene, no roaming Santa for the children, no festive feeling created, apart from Carols by Candlelight, so a totally forgettable experience.

Every day just like all the other 365 days of the year.

I even had one overseas visitor from Canada ask if we actually celebrate Xmas in Oz. Even half the shops didn't bother making an effort. We will not bother coming back.

Who is in charge of the council? Ebenezer Scrooge? Bah humbug.

Lyn Turner,

Cromer, NSW

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