Council, police oppose licence for Byron Bay topless bar

THE transfer of a liquor licence that would allow a controversial new topless bar at Byron Bay to open until 7am is being opposed by council and police.

In light of public debate, the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority called for a community impact statement as part of the application to transfer the licence from La Playa Tapas Bar, to Bay at Byron.

An ILGA spokesman said submissions had been received from council, police and the Last Drinks at 12 group.

"This liquor licence transfer is a morphing over the years from a restaurant to an adult entertainment night club," said the mayor, Simon Richardson

"It's not acceptable to our community on social impact grounds, and we will be requesting that council's community impact statement, plus one from the proponent, be submitted to allow close scrutiny of the proposal by ILGA."

Cr Richardson said the CIS will state council's opposition to the licence transfer, which it argues is not in the public interest, and could exacerbate instances of alcohol-fuelled violence by young male patrons if the bar was allowed to open until 7am.

He said council would also write to MP Don Page requesting a state review of liquor licensing.

Inspector Brendon Cullen said police were opposed to Bay at Byron being open until 7am.

Submissions can be emailed to liquorapplications@olgr.nsw.gov.au, faxed to 02 9995 0819 or posted to GPO Box 7060, Sydney 2001 by November 2.



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