Arakwal people oppose plans for alcohol at lighthouse cafe

PLANS to serve alcohol at the Cape Byron Lighthouse Café have been opposed by the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Arakwal people.

Public consultation on the liquor licence closes on May 7, and the Board of the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal Corporation (Arakwal) submitted an objection earlier this month.

Director of the board, Norm Graham, said they objected to the liquor licence application "due to the cultural and historical significance of the Cape Byron Lighthouse Precinct to both our people and the wider community".

"Our board objects because school and education programs are undertaken at this site and it is inappropriate that our community members are undertaking cultural education programs to school children where people are consuming alcohol nearby," he said in a statement.

"The Aboriginal Education program in 2016 was awarded Silver in the Indigenous Tourism Category of the Australian Tourism Award and our board finds it offensive that such a successful education program, which includes delivery to children, should be conducted with alcohol being consumed nearby.

"The Cape Byron Lighthouse Area is important and significant to many people both locally and across Australia for many reasons.

"There are numerous opportunities for visitors to our town to consume alcohol with meals at any of the excellent restaurants and dining venues within Byron Bay and the Shire."

Mr Graham said the board was not consulted before a public notice was put up at the café.

He said it was "not in keeping" with the Native Title Agreement.

To view the application, or to make a submission, visit and click on "public consultation" and then "Liquor and Gaming Application Noticeboard".

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