Speak out to reduce alcohol related violence
AS PART of its campaign to reduce alcohol-related violence in Byron Bay, the community group Last Drinks at 12 is asking people for their experiences.
"The direct experience of our residents and visitors is what lies behind the shocking statistics of alcohol-related violence in this community. It's what actually happens and how people are affected," said Last Drinks at 12 member Mick O'Regan.
At a series of large community meetings at the beginning of the year many people shared what it was like to be confronted with drunken, anti-social behaviour.
"The voice of the community needs to be heard above the clamour of vested interests and people only interested in partying irrespective of the consequences," Mr O'Regan said.
"A detailed and comprehensive account of the impact of alcohol-related violence is the best way for real change to occur. People need the opportunity to tell their story, and to be heard".