BYRON HITS BACK AT HUNT
By TABATHA FULKER, and AAP
REX HUNT'S damning of Byron Bay as 'more dangerous than Bali' has been angrily rejected by mayor Jan Barham.
The media celebrity had also claimed in a Sydney radio interview that Byron Bay was a 'time bomb waiting to go off'.
Mr Hunt and his son, Matthew, were involved in a bloody brawl in the town at the weekend.
The Byron Shire mayor rejected Mr Hunt's comments, saying they were 'inflammatory and irresponsible' and tourists were not regularly attacked. "I think if that's what he's actually said it's an extremely irresponsible comment to make and it certainly is disrespectful of the Bali situation," Cr Barham said.
Mr Hunt has told media he and his son Matthew were attacked by a group of teenagers in front of Mr Hunt's wife and his son's girlfriend in Jonson Street on Friday night because they were tourists.
The fight left them both with cuts and bruises.
A teenage boy was also left with stitches in his head.
The former AFL footballer told media that anti-tourist attacks were common in Byron Bay.
"It's a regular occurrence and if you're a tourist in Byron Bay, go there at your own peril," he said.
"I would think Bali is safer than Byron Bay at the moment."
Tweed Byron Local Area Commander Superintendent Tim Tarlington rejected claims the region was a crime hot spot and under-policed.
"In this incident I believe there were contributing factors from both sides," Superintendent Tarlington said.
"I don't agree with comments made by Mr Hunt in the media.
"The issue was dealt with appropriately by police at the time."
No charges have been laid.