Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham is encouraging Byron Bay residents to make submissions to an inquiry into the ‘clustering’ of licensed premises.
The NSW Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing (LGR) has engaged the Allen Consulting Group to research ‘the positive and negative impacts of the clustering of licensed premises/liquor outlets within a location’.
Ms Barham, who has previously rejected calls for CCTV cameras in the town to counter drunken and violent behaviour, nevertheless believes something needs to be done about the vandalism and attacks. She says that the inquiry could be an avenue for local residents and businesses to register their concerns. She has previously suggested a public meeting in the town on the issue.
The LGR website says ‘the challenge facing the NSW government is balancing the economic and social benefits of a vibrant hospitality industry while minimising the harm associated with alcohol consumption’.
Submissions can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to: NSW Density Impact Study, the Allen Consulting Group, GPO Box 418, Canberra ACT 2601.
Submissions should arrive before 18 May 2012.