PARTY TIME: New Year?s Eve revellers take to the streets of Byron Bay. Residents of Jindabyne are concerned drug and alcohol-fu
PARTY TIME: New Year?s Eve revellers take to the streets of Byron Bay. Residents of Jindabyne are concerned drug and alcohol-fu

Backhander for Byron

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL and AAP

THE MAYOR of Jindabyne, in the State's Snowy Mountains, says drug and alcoholfuelled revellers are turning the town into another Byron Bay.

Cr Richard Wallace said the antics of out-of-control winter tourists were upsetting and frightening locals.

"It's as bad as Byron Bay," Cr Wallace said.

"Some of the older people are really frightened of some of these people.

"There was a bit of yahoo going on one afternoon and a couple of people told me they were too frightened to get out of their car."

Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham said Cr Wallace was referring to the reputation of Byron Bay created by anti-social behaviour in the town over summer.

"He's picking up on what has received media attention, but that is one small part of what Byron is all about," Cr Barham said.

"It's an issue that concerns locals as well and we are actively trying to manage that perception. We're trying to make the town as safe as possible for tourists and locals alike."

Jindabyne's population swells from 3000 to 20,000 during winter and this was the worst season on record for anti-social behaviour, Cr Wallace said.

Monaro Local Area Command crime manager Insp Neil Gray said 1.2 million visitors came to the Jindabyne area each year and were the source of the problem.

Byron Bay attracts 1.7 million visitors a year.

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