Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson has called on the state government to change the liquor licensing laws ahead of a parliamentary committee meeting being held in Byron Bay today.
Cr Richardson will use his mayoral minute prerogative at Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting to formally oppose the licence under the liquor act.
The mayor says the business is operating under a loophole, as its restaurant licence was transferred from a previous business operating at the same address.
He says it is not in the public interest and adds the state government needs to amend the Liquor Act to prevent it from happening.
‘Part of that mayoral minute will be to write to the local member and minister of local government [Don Page] highlighting our opposition and to request increased categories of liquor licences within premises to allow what occurs within a licensed premises to actually reflect what the licence entails,’ he told ABC radio news this morning.