The front page of The Echo this week tells us that president of the NSW Police Association, Scott Weber, feels it would be irresponsible to grant new licences for the sale of liquor in the region until the link between licence density and harm related to alcohol are made public.
Thanks to the actions of booze or drug-affected ‘adult’ humans, the public here have already been ‘casually’ informed of the effects.
A friend of mine has had her shop window smashed in yet again, as have many others in Byron town over the last few nights. Every time this happens the landlords of these premises have to fix yet another plate-glass window.
I was recently related the story of a family leaving the cinema in town, feeling too unsafe to go out into the street, as it was occupied by aggressive young people who they felt may have been under the influence something.
The centre of Byron is now notoriously dangerous at night time, particularly at weekends; the taxi rank is a place people are wary of as it is in an area close to where fights often break out, and even waiting for a taxi to get safely home is an issue.
Parents commonly advise their young adult children to wait at the venue they have chosen to go to for a taxi, rather than go to the rank.
Despite all of this, we still have a current application for a Woolworths-owned Dan Murphy’s liquor store.
Please, can the people who are making these decisions take a good look at their current wealth, their bank accounts and what they own, pull out their overseas holiday pics, take stock of their lives, look deep inside themselves and weigh that up against the effect that another huge booze outlet will have on the town of Byron Bay, on visitors, families and local people in general?
Please, could these people be content with what they have? Please, could they back-pedal and make some changes before there is more serious damage done.
Please, install your closed-circuit TV cameras in the name of progress if you must, but don’t do that without curtailing the addition of another outlet to supply cheaper and more available grog.
Acknowledge the contradictions in providing volunteer youth services to our local young people to keep them safe at night while they learn the hard lessons of what it is to party, while the powers that be provide the cheap and plentiful alcohol to do it.
I would like to finish off by saying that I shall myself enjoy going out dancing this weekend. I will have a few drinks with my friends, and that will not hurt anyone.