April 19, 2021

Hippyland on a Commercial Scale

Environmental Defender Scott Sledge heads local opposition to Nightcap "Hippyland"
Sydney Morning Herald describes local contention over a proposed land-share venture at Mt Burrell as "Hippyland on a commercial scale: Byron battle over suburb-sized commune”.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/hippyland-on-a-commercial-scale-byron-battle-over-suburb-sized-commune-20210416-p57jv0.html

In a linked 2020 article by Sydney Morning Heraldthe same venture is pinned to the town of Nimbin and disparaged as a "hippy commune" with sloppy, misleading reporting about the outcome of a defamation trial regarding Blogs published by Free Radical: Darwin v Norman.

The defamation charges were brought by Adrian Brennock (AB) and Phillip Dixon against journalist Gillian Norman (Gi Linda) representative of creditors who in 2016 published claims that Brennock's "development team" defrauded them in a land-share scam. 

Judge Fagan determined that "folly not fraud" caused the "debacle".

An entirely unrelated picture of Nimbin's Hemp Embassy is used by Sydney Morning Herald to falsely depict the supposed "Blogger" as a dreadlocked male "hippy" and the Mt Burrell land-share development as a "hippy commune".

To anyone well informed about the Bhula-Bhula-Nightcap scheme, both these Sydney Morning Herald articles are sad examples of badly researched yellow journalism, using the alluring "hippylandpejorative to distract from many significant omissions and errors of fact.

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