While Byron Bay has been gentrified and overrun by tourists and celebrities, Goonengerry and similar little communities nearby continue to remain ‘locals only’.
Residents embrace alternative lifestyles and, in a nutshell, ‘enjoy a simple life.’
The commune’s residents gathered as soon as the twins’ father noticed smoke rising from the chamber.
They remained stunned and perplexed as emergency services arrived and attempted to rescue the girls. At the scene, a woman was also treated for shock.
Another woman fought back tears as she brought a bouquet of flowers to the letter box on Sunday.
On one of the bouquets, a handwritten note read: ‘Mourning with you.’
The father of the girls is devastated by the twins’ deaths and is ‘in a dreadful state.’
‘He is self-blaming. He’s been thrown for a loop,’ one neighbor observed.