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NYE guardians to meet and greet at Byron

A POSSE of "Greeter Guardians" will be the welcoming committee to visitors at the next New Year's Eve in Byron Bay, if a council recommendation is approved at today's Byron Shire Council meeting.

The Greeter Guardians would consist of community volunteers deputised to provide support to event managers and police during the town's busiest event and show "community leadership" to visitors about "appropriate behaviour" in the town.

The Greeter Guardians concept is part of a raft of plans on today's meeting agenda as the council plans ahead for summer.

A staff report before councillors recommends calling for expressions of interest to manage the key NYE events - Soul Street NYE, First Sun on New Year's Day, a youth event and the new Greeter Guardians program.

Adopting a budget of $93,000 for NYE is also recommended by staff.

The scale of the Park and Ride scheme the council trialled last New Year's period is, however, being contested, with Cr Chris Cubis placing a motion asking for the number of days it is used to be reduced.

The council could save as much as $193,000 if his motion is successful, Cr Cubis says.

Sponsorship and business contributions should also be sought to create a "cost-neutral" park and ride service, Cr Cubis says.

Topics:  byron shire council new years eve



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