Byron Lions give up New Year?s Eve role

By MEGAN KINNINMENT

A PUBLIC meeting to decide the future of Byron Bay New Year's Eve will be held next Wednesday after the shock withdrawal of the Lions Club from the event.

Byron Bay Lion Club secretary, and president of the New Year's Eve committee, John Brophy confirmed the club had withdrawn from their role of organising the event and providing public liability insurance after a security breach at last year's dance party.

A Byron Shire Council report states that on New Year's Eve police discovered a number of security personnel were unlicensed, and as a result of this gates to the dance party were opened as a safety measure, contributing to a $13,374 in lost revenue through dance ticket sales.

The council is now drafting a letter of demand to the business who failed to provide the security in accordance with their contract, and is also refusing to pay an outstanding $12,000 invoice for security services.

Mr Brophy said the lapse in security, the liability risks involved and the sheer numbers attending New Year's Eve in Byron had forced his club to withdraw.

"We only have 20 members, and it's just too much for us," Mr Brophy said.

"As the insurers of the event we are the ones taking all the risks.

"The Lions will withdraw for the moment, but I hope we can encourage other organisations to continue the event, and the Lions will continue to provide support," he said.



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