CHILL OUT: The sign is back so we can all relax – Jodie Molloy and Ben Ormonde show off their handiwork on Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay.
CHILL OUT: The sign is back so we can all relax – Jodie Molloy and Ben Ormonde show off their handiwork on Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay. Sue Gardiner

Chill out sign is back to spread Byron's good vibrations

NOT only has the mystery of the Byron Bay sign been solved, but it was returned just in time to spread chilled-out vibes to Easter holiday visitors.

In December last year there was a new addition to the timber Welcome to Byron sign on the side of Ewingsdale Rd.

It read: "Cheer up, slow down, chill out".

It was an instant hit with tourists, who would park on the side of the road to have their photo taken in front of it.

Meanwhile, speculation was rife among locals as to where it had come from.

But soon after, the sign fell into disrepair and disappeared, much to the disappointment of local business woman Jodie Molloy, who believed it perfectly summed up what the Bay should be about. "It made you happy," she said.

Jodie managed to track down the original creator, Rob Peroni, aka 'Batman', who has now moved to Melbourne and was keen for the sign to make a return.

"It's necessary, I think, as the mix of energies coming to the small town really is ever-changing, so a message like this helps gently guide those with ill intentions and ease tension in this beautiful town," he said.

Jodie, a member of the board of Byron United, arranged for another version of the sign to be created and erected with the help of a host of local business people who donated their time and resources.

The sign was bolted into place last Thursday afternoon by former builder-turned psychic life coach Ben Ormonde, just as hordes of Blues Festival visitors poured into town.

It has the blessing of Mayor Simon Richardson, who says he appreciates the gesture of "good will and peace" and "spontaneous beautification".


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