It’s a shame that so much misinformation and misrepresentation of statistics is being presented as ‘fact’ by individuals and groups with regards to alcohol-related violence in Byron Bay.
The ‘fact’ is that alcohol-related assaults in Byron have actually decreased by 12 per cent from March 2012 to March 2013, and have remained stable for the past five years (NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics).
Furthermore, the initiatives implemented by the Byron Bay Liquor Accord have shown preliminary results of a further 20 per cent decrease in assaults over the past six months compared to the same period last year.
The ‘modest’ reduction of trading hours in Newcastle was actually changing the closing hours from 5am to 3am. Byron Bay already has 3am closing for all late-night venues, plus a 1.30am lock-out and the strictest drink restrictions in the entire state!
Alcohol-related violence is a complex and multifaceted issue that is not solved by a one-size-fits-all solution of closing up town at midnight.
Brian Pearson, Byron Bay