Byron council moves on alcohol
COMMUNITY alcohol reform group Last Drinks at 12 had a win in Byron Council yesterday with the meeting adopting a number of resolutions related to the management of alcohol and anti-social behav- iour and supporting the group's role in community efforts to curb alcohol-related street violence in Byron Shire.
Council will consider options to establish a Byron Bay Precinct Liquor Accord and recommended the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) place a freeze on the granting of any new extended trading liquor licences in town while a review into licensing hours is undertaken.
Councillor Paul Spooner (pictured) said he was happy council had taken a sensible approach and was listening to the community.
"People want this problem addressed and these resolutions allow this process to begin," he said.
"Council has gone beyond supporting the work of Last Drinks at 12 and the Byron Bay Liquor Accord and formerly requested that ILGA look at the problem.
"It's also significant that there is a recommendation for a freeze on the granting of extended licences while this happens."
Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson said he believed the State Government should empower local councils to set development controls for liquor licensing according to prevailing conditions in the region.