As a hospitality professional of 15 years, I can safely say there is no venue more regulated than a late-night trader in Byron Bay. As a mother of two and resident, there is nowhere I’d rather see the young adults of this town.
The young people have two choices on their night out in Byron. They can enter a venue, having been checked for valid ID and assessed for intoxication prior to entry. Once inside they will be served according to strict requirements. Or they can wander down a pitch black street until they reach a darkened beach or park. Here they can skoll a bottle of vodka until they pass out, congregating en masse and unmonitored.
If venues close at midnight, the young people of Byron have only one choice, and there is nothing positive about it.
Amber Jones, Byron Bay