March 28, 2018

Life Of Byron: Women’s Business With Su Reynolds

Byron and the Northern Rivers Region are famous for being a progressive and inclusive home for diverse tribes from all around the world.

Su Reynolds describes it as a ‘safe and healing place to live’ for many who make their way here. We caught up with Su and asked about the ‘women’s business’ of Byron and how women contribute to the rich social fabric of the region.

Su, Can you reflect on how you are connected to other women in the area, for example through schools, sports?

In my job, I have the privilege of meeting so many women from different parts of our community. From those, I help find new homes for and become part of our community, to the special women I met at mother’s groups when my kids were babies who are still like family to us, the mothers and grandmothers I meet through schools and sports to the inspirational and funny women I work with every day.

There is another special group of women in my life who are those with more life experience who have and continue to mentor me through my work and personal life. I have found that, if you are open to it there are so many strong and beautiful women here who give their time and advice quite selflessly.

For the very young women in our community, we are blessed with the generosity of the founders of “Futures Dreamers” who provide a special place for our young girls and teens to go for support, positive experiences and to connect with each other. We are so lucky to have this.

If you think about those relationships, what would you say were the common values shared by the women of Byron?

The priorities of these vary greatly, however, most commonly are the love and protection of our environment and natural beauty, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the sisterhood of coming together when someone is in need of extra support.

Are there distinct tribes of women in Byron – Mums, businesswomen, community workers, social drivers?

The freedom of living in an open-minded and diverse community like Byron Bay is that women can choose to be all of these things and not be limited by social constraints or expectations. Our women wear many hats and our community is the richer for it.

Is there a difference between Byron ‘natives’ and those who have chosen Byron as their home?

Only by those who choose to see it/themselves that way. I find that most people moving here are attracted by the same values the longer term residents have created and upheld for decades. That is a love of this area and a want to be part of the community.

Would a woman find Byron an inclusive place to live? Why?

Like any small town, it often takes time to settle into a community and find your tribe. Byron feels like a safe and healing place to live and for many years has attracted many women. There are so many social & community groups to become a part of and a rich arts and music community too. It is easy to find your place here.