Common Ground

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Common Ground was founded in 2010 as an image-based blog and tri weekly mail out, aimed to expose Byron Bay community in all its diversity and beauty. Common Ground is owned and operated by Byron Bay locals Johnny Abegg, Tim Manton, Dave Keam, Kirra Pendergast, and Lachie Pennefather who share a passion for film, photography, music and the true meaning of “community”, with an emphasis on inspirational short stories, that explore and highlight the passion of people living within our community, supported by great photo’s and video clips.



Common Ground is expanding to more regions giving communities a new-found voice, and encourage contribution from the people within their community. We hope to empower you to tell stories about your home, through photography, words and videos about the diverse people, history, events and activities that make up our unique communities.



The business of Common Ground Australia aims to encourage, inspire and strengthen communities, through buying and acting locally. Whether you are visiting Byron Bay, Torquay, Airlie Beach or Bondi we aim to encourage people to support local businesses and stimulate their local economy.
 We take supporting community seriously, having set up a Not for Profit Organisation called “The Common Ground Australia Community Support Fund”, where 5% of all of our revenue goes to back this fund, accumulated on a monthly basis.



The My Nikon Life community can expect to see photographic essays, videos and personalised content that represent communities across Australia.

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Gibbous The Night

The weekend in Byron Bay saw the waxing and waning of the Gibbous Full Moon, with the moon being it’s fullest at 4:58am on Sunday. I sure wasn’t getting up at 4am to see it. Read more

15 August, 2011 | My Nikon Life | Comments
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Heart on the Road

Instead of getting lost in loud music and crowds at Splendour, Johnny Abegg from Common Ground decided to fly down and do a road trip back to home to Byron Bay Read more

02 August, 2011 | My Nikon Life | Comments
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Common Ground Byron Bay

The business of Common Ground Australia aims to encourage, inspire and strengthen communities, through buying and acting locally. Whether you are visiting Byron Bay, Torquay, Airlie Beach or Bondi we aim to encourage... Read more

14 June, 2011 | My Nikon Life | Comments