600 likes say No Byron last drinks at midnight
A NEW wave of resistance against prohibition measures in Byron Bay has started on Facebook and quickly gathered momentum from young people.
The Save Our Night Lives Facebook page was started on Monday afternoon and got more than 600 "likes" in 24 hours.
Bartender Josh Latinovich, 23, said he started the page as a reaction against the "drastically overdone" Last Drinks at 12 campaign and the "too heavily enforced" Liquor Accord he claims are costing the town jobs and will affect tourism figures.
"People are telling me how boring Byron Bay is becoming," Mr Latinovich said.
"No-one denies we need to tackle the issue of alcohol-related violence, but there could be other measures than stopping drinks at midnight."
Mr Latinovich said the Last Drinks at 12 approach would not work with a younger generation.
"The industry is not limited to the under-30s, but the older generation don't have a grasp of what happens after 9pm.
"Nowhere else in the world with a nightlife has a restriction of midnight.
"People will still want to party after midnight, but they'll do it on the beach, or in dark streets or at home which raises access for under-18s."