Price of progress isn't worth it

So, the fight for Evans Head begins at the caravan park. Are we going to see yet another yuppification of a country town for the sake of the almighty dollar?

Evans is fast becoming an anachronism: a coastal town unpolluted by saturation franchises or dominated by irritating backpackers and new age charlatans where you can’t find a cup of coffee for less than the price of a parking ticket.

But the NSW Government has a formula: make high-end tourist accommodation and the yuppies will come and spend their city dollars.

Presumably property prices soar, business people make heaps of cash and everyone’s happy.

But are they?

If the experiences of unchecked coastal development and out-of-towners investing inflating property prices have taught us anything it should be that if you sell your soul to back-packing and yuppie dollars, don’t be surprised if they don’t love you or care about you in return – they’re here for a good time, not a considered time.

What I don’t understand is why the top end of town continues to receive so much assistance – when have the well-to-do ever needed help finding high-end accommodation? Bali built a whole economy on it.

I do realise, unfortunately, you can’t stop progress (that’s terrible, Muriel) but when I heard the distress of Silver Sands permanent residents about what’s going on in their community I had the thought that sometimes you should.


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