Brunswick may also have dry New Year

By JANN BURMESTER

BRUNSWICK Heads may follow Byron Bay's lead with a ban on alcohol in the town centre on New Year's Eve.

A prohibition on alcohol will give police the power to immediately confiscate alcohol being carried in the grog-free area.

The issue is expected to be raised at today's council meeting, along with an urgency motion from the mayor, Cr Jan Barham, seeking support for the continuation of New Year's Eve initiatives at Byron Bay.

Cr Barham said a prohibition order for Brunswick Heads would send a clear message that drinking alcohol in the streets would not be tolerated.

The move follows an incident at Brunswick Heads last New Year's Eve in which members of a Brisbane family were attacked at their holiday home by 60 young men.

In the attack a father of eight lost six teeth, another man suffered head injuries, and a family friend suffered a fractured eye socket.

The format for celebrations at Byron Bay would be similar to last year, Cr Barham said.



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