Call for venues to join liquor accord
AS PART of a membership drive by the Byron Bay Liquor Accord among local licensed venues, the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR) will be writing to venues in Byron Bay over coming weeks encouraging them to join and support the accord.
Byron has 72 licensed venues with just 27 being members of the Accord which worked closely with OLGR to develop a suite of voluntary measures implemented across venues last Thursday night.
The measures have been introduced to curb the high rate of alcohol-related violence in town, especially during peak periods such as Schoolies Week and New Year's Eve.
Accord chair Hannah Spalding says the major venues and liquor shops in Byron were members of the organisation, but there were many non-members and the OLGR letter would also target licensed restaurants, hotels, bars, nightclubs and bottle shops.
Ms Spalding said OLGR would be monitoring the Byron venues throughout the trial to determine its success. She said OLGR wanted the trial to last just six months so the measures could be adjusted before the Christmas peak period if required.