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  • Near the town where I grew up there are two seaside towns about half an hour drive from each other.

    One is called Ballina. It is like a mid-sized regular country town centre that just happens to be on the coast. It has beaches, and an inlet, and fishing, and boating, and so on.

    Because it's a regular country town, it also has a regional airport and a small industrial/business area.

    The other is called Byron Bay. It's a smaller town with an aggressively anti-development council and a hippy vibe. It also has a huge world-quality beach right at the point that the main street reaches the coast, and it sits at the most easterly point in Australia so it has a quite pretty lighthouse, and a small ship-wreck at one end of the beach.

    And of course, due to the wildly divergent supply and demand it has become hugely popular with Sydney people as a "get away from the hustle bustle" holiday destination and turned into a millionaire's playground.

    Being (literally at times) violently anti-development there was no way it was EVER going to get an airport. And so, of course, a few years ago Ballina airport changed name to "Ballina/Byron Airport".