Woman fined supplying teens booze
BYRON Bay police are warning people ahead of this weekend's Splendour in the Grass festival that it is an offence to supply liquor to minors.
The warning that police will not hesitate to take action comes after a 25-year-old Ballina woman was charged with suppling liquor to minors in Byron Bay in November last year.
The woman appeared in Wollongong Local Court on July 17 and was convicted of two related offences.
She was fined $600 and placed on a two-year good behaviour bond.
The charges relate to an incident on November 18, 2011, when a woman was detected by police in Jonson Street, Byron Bay, allegedly supplying two 14-year-old girls with pre-mixed drinks.
Meanwhile officers from Tweed Byron Local Area Command are preparing for a busy weekend with the Splendour in the Grass music festival expected to bring thousands of extra people into town.
More than 100 extra police have been bought in to deal with alcohol-related crime and public order issues.
Detective Acting Inspector Saul Wiseman endorsed comments by then-Acting Commissioner Catherine Burn who last week said that people needed to take responsibility for their drinking.
"Firstly, people should plan ahead how they will get to and from licensed venues," he said.
"Police do their bit every weekend but the reality is that there are too many people drinking too much. They are not taking responsibility for their actions and they are getting blind drunk.
"People should be able to go out and have a good time and not be accosted by drunks.
"It's sad, but it's simple: as long as people continue to drink to excess, emergency services and medical professionals will be left to clean up the mess."