Clubs baffled by mayor's push

BYRON Bay nightclub operators have hit back at a call from Byron mayor Jan Barham for a trial 1am ‘lock out’ of licensed premises.

Byron Bay Liquor Accord spokesman Gary Charles, representing late-night venues, said members were ‘bewildered’ as to why the mayor would push for a special resolution instead of consulting with the accord.

“Byron Shire Council is a member of the accord and the very idea of setting up accords throughout NSW is local solutions for local problems,” he said.

“At the most recent accord meeting in March – which the mayor did not attend – a council representative had the opportunity to address members and did not mention a 1am curfew.”

Mr Charles said Byron Bay already had a voluntary 2am curfew that all accord members agreed to seven years ago in consultation with local police.

He said there had been no push by the local licensing officer to put the curfew back to 1am.

Cr Barham has called for the trial ‘lock out’ in a bid to curb alcohol-related violence in the town.

She plans to move a notice of motion at next Thursday’s council meeting which will seek State Government approval for the trial.

Byron Bay had a problem with alcohol-related violence which reflected badly on the town, she said.



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