DRY START: John Cornell may close the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay on New Year?s Eve
DRY START: John Cornell may close the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay on New Year?s Eve

Beach Hotel threatens NYE shutdown

By MEGAN KINNINMENT

FIRST it was the Byron Lions Club, now John 'Strop' Cornell's Beach Hotel may pull out of New Year's Eve festivities, warning the town it was headed for a repeat of the 1993 riots.

The hotel yesterday announced it would cancel the fireworks it provides every year, and was considering closing the hotel on New Year's Eve.

In a highly-charged press release the hotel's general manager Terry McCulloch accused the New Year's Eve Safety Committee and Byron Shire Council of "pouring people into town for the local venue's security to struggle to keep them out!".

"We've had young people headbutting the glass trying to get in," Mr McCulloch said.

"The town is being filled with party drugs, drunks, heavy security and edgy police.

"If we can't guarantee the safety of our staff and customers the Beach Hotel will close for the night."

Around 60 people attended a public meeting last night to discuss New Year's Eve.



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