19.9 C
Byron Shire
May 25, 2022

Alcohol-violence working group formed

Latest News

Comment – National Party encumbrance a problem for Liberals in NSW too

There is no shortage of NSW Liberal MPs out in the media warning they could be next to fall in the push from independent candidates that saw a massive shake up of politics in Australia last weekend. 

Other News

Tibetan anniversary

May 23  marks 71 years since the Chinese Communist Party and the People's Liberation Army invaded and commenced  the...

Cartoon of the week – 25 May, 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don't be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Another Day in Hope Purgatory

Politics is a phenomenal experience. To work harder than you thought possible, to put yourself so absolutely in the public domain full of hope and belief. Then to ask for judgement. It’s high stakes. A kind of ethical and philosophical extreme sport.

Recognising 50 years of police service

When John 'Jack' Keough moved to Byron Bay police station in 1982 there was still a station sheep that kept the grass down and goats still roamed Cape Byron. Sargent Keough began his career in policing in 1972 when he walked into the Redfern Academy to join the police force. 

Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Our sitting member

The sitting member for Richmond, Labor’s Justine Elliott, is aptly named because, as far as I have seen, that’s...

Hans Lovejoy

A working group has formed after a recent meeting between Byron Bay stakeholders wanting to address alcohol-related crime.

Held at Byron Shire Council Chambers in Mullumbimby, it was chaired by mayor Simon Richardson and included representatives from Council, Byron United, Last Drinks at 12, VIA Byron, local police and hospitals, Byron Bay Liquor Accord, Byron Youth Service and Save our Night Life.

Byron’s chamber of commerce (Byron United) president Paul Waters said the forum was a recommendation by his board to bring all stakeholders together and ‘begin a process by taking into account everyone’s position in the community’.

‘It was very clear that we all want the same result, and it’s also clear that more needs to be done on the streets where most of the trouble occurs.’ Additionally he’s calling all CBD businesses to light up the streets and back lanes around their businesses and to install their own CCTV around their businesses.

‘I also urge Council and state government to commit the resources that will make our streets safer.’

Mayor Simon Richardson told The Echo, ‘We all agreed we need to create a working group to develop a whole-of-town response, rather than fighting over individual aspects, eg opening/closing hours, lighting, CCTV, activation of laneways, diversifying the demographics etc’.

‘Instead, we need to consider all of [the issues] in a strategic and considered manner.

‘Cr Paul Spooner has put a notice of motion to Council outlining this.

‘It may be slower and more “committee-ish” than many want, but it is the only way to take the discussion away from a self-interested, black-and-white view currently shaping the debate.’

When asked if Council is close to receiving state and federal funding to improve lighting and CCTV, he told The Echo Council was ‘not really any closer at the moment, but staff and I are still working on it’.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Why do these private business interests assiduously avoid the conclusive independent evidence available that the most effective and cost saving measures proven to achieve sustainable and substantial reductions in alcohol related violence are modest reductions in late trading hours and other alcohol supply and service measures?

    This has to be the no.1 agenda item. Item no.2 – why should all us Byron ratepayers have to foot the huge primarily avoidable bill for the extraordinary alcohol clean up costs and worsen damage to our international tourism reputation whilst those licensed premises who profit from the dangerous oversupply and service of alcohol – escape scot free?

    This “tiptoe through the tulips” attitude masks and fails to address the massive power imbalance between the small cabal of just 6 late trading pubs and clubs backed by NSW government, OLGR, mayor and local member; and the interests of most of the local community, emergency workers and small businesses. The latter simply demand their streets at night be safe for all to responsibly enjoy and they have the key say in grog related decisions that impact upon them, their families and businesses.

  2. I think it might be time for people to seek advice on forming local vigilante groups. Or if that’s not legal, to hire licenced town-patrol security guards, ready to get to an assault or break-in very quickly.

  3. The alcohol lobby is but a vampire, feeding on the sexual energy of the young. The business community will wiggle with this statement, such is the nature of the ego when it is confronted by its own image.
    Bryon was once a place of upliftment, freedom and hope, now what has greed made of it?


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Up to five times the average rainfall during 2022 in some areas says BOM

The formal record of the extreme rainfall and flooding was released today by the Bureau of Meteorology with some areas of south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales having five times their monthly average of rain. 

Recognising 50 years of police service

When John 'Jack' Keough moved to Byron Bay police station in 1982 there was still a station sheep that kept the grass down and goats still roamed Cape Byron. Sargent Keough began his career in policing in 1972 when he walked into the Redfern Academy to join the police force. 

The postal vote that never arrived

At 91, there are many things that you can no longer do, but one of the things you still can do is have your voice heard in an election – but not for at least one Byron Shire resident.

Vale big Jez, Mullum troubadour

The Mullumbimby community lost one of the founding fathers of its counter culture last Thursday, when Graham Chambers, better known as Jerry De Munga, passed away at his home with the love and care of wife Chrissy, family and close friends.