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Byron venue forced to adopt earlier closing times

Cheeky Monkeys nightclub at Byron Bay
Cheeky Monkeys nightclub at Byron Bay

BYRON Bay nightclub Cheeky Monkeys has been forced to close its doors one hour earlier by the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority.

The restrictions on Cheeky Monkeys extended trading authorisation will see the nightclub's doors close at 2am, a 1am lockout, and restrictions on the strength and number of alcoholic drinks that can be sold.

But Last Drinks at Byron member Mick O'Regan said the restrictions did not go far enough given the venue's record of non-compliance with liquor laws.

"In the hearing concerning Cheeky Monkeys, local police presented a very substantial and detailed body of evidence which showed that public welfare was jeopardised by the number of offences associated with the venue," he said.

Mr O'Regan said the decision reinforced the need for public welfare to be protected by the establishment of compulsory conditions on liquor licences.

In coming to the decision, Mr O'Regan said the authority concluded the large body of evidence produced by the police showed that the adverse incidents actually occurred and were attributable to Cheeky Monkeys and relate directly to the exercise of extended trading.

Mr O'Regan said the ILGA investigation and decision dramatically highlight the urgent need to focus on Byron's public safety and alcohol harm prevention.

Cheeky Monkeys did not respond to enquiries before deadline.

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