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Tourism + alcohol add to bay blues

TOURISM is contributing to violence and community break-down at Byron Bay, Ocean Shores author Pip Cornall warns.

Mr Cornall spoke to The Northern Star while promoting his new, self-published book Kicking Goals for Masculinity.

The author of four books, all dealing with emotional challenges faced by men and boys, Mr Cornall worked with imprisoned gang members in the USA's juvenile justice system for 12 years.

He warned that the impact of large numbers of backpackers coming into Byron Bay and drinking alcohol was hurting the town.

“It is hard for a community to deal with large numbers (of tourists) and stay connected,” Mr Cornall said.

He said the young people of Byron Bay were under-supervised.

“You have parents working long hours in tourism and hospitality,” he said.

“A lot of what young people are getting exposed to is unhealthy.”

Mr Cornall, who was in the USA during the Columbine High School massacre, believes it is only a matter of time before there is a school shooting in Australia.

“Youth violence is on the rise in Australia,” Mr Cornall said.

“And the media is to blame. Movies, DVDs and video games are part of the problem.”

Mr Cornall said violence in movies was being ramped up.

The solution to growing violence was creating stronger communities with positive male role models.

Mr Cornall's book is available from his website: www.sustainablemasculinity.com



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