Byron Shire Council worker Michael Webb cleans up the mess of New Year?s Eve at 5am.
Byron Shire Council worker Michael Webb cleans up the mess of New Year?s Eve at 5am.

Great party, poor turnout

By MEGAN KINNINMENT

NEW Year's Eve went off without a hitch this year because of well-organised events and a drop in numbers at Byron Bay, police said.

Event organisers have been praised by Northern Rivers police for keeping revellers happy and well behaved at parties in Lennox Head, Lismore and Byron Bay.

At Byron Bay, police estimate there were fewer than 30,000 people in the town, down from last year's event which attracted 35,000.

"They were very wellbehaved, with only minor of- fences such as offensive behaviour and noise abatement," Insp Ian Fitzsimmons said.

At Lennox Head a well-behaved crowd of 16,000 people partied.

"Lennox Head New Year's Eve crowds were very, very well behaved," Insp Bill Mc- Kenna said.

At Lismore police were impressed with the general behaviour of crowds, but were disappointed in the number of drink-drivers on the road.

"We had 19 drink drivers, and a third of those were Pplaters," Insp Dave Driver said.



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