Byron Shire councillor Diane Woods has indicated she may reintroduce a motion to install closed-circuit TV cameras in Byron Bay’s CBD after dramatic footage of street fights in the town was screened on commercial television last night.
Cr Woods told ABC radio this morning that Nimbin, Lismore and Murwillumbah had all had successes with the cameras reducing violence in those towns and that Byron Shire had to act.
A motion to introduce the cameras was rejected at last month’s council meeting.
Head of the Byron Bay liquor accord and Byron United Paul Waters added his voice to the move, saying that alcohol vendors were doing all they could to address the problem and it was time for mayor Jan Barham to stop blaming them and get on with installing the cameras.
But the mayor says those in the business of selling alcohol need to take more responsibility for the results that it causes.
‘What we’re seeing is a lack of action from those who profit from the sale of alcohol in taking on measures to make the place safer,’ she told ABC radio.