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Change liquor laws: Richardson

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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.

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  1. The business has not been named in the above story however since the “topless waitresses” have been in the news lately, I presume this what our Mayor is referring to.
    I don’t have a problem with this concept either way, as I believe a person has a right of choice. I don’t believe a person, such as our Mayor, has the right to speak for all the persons within the Byron Shire.

  2. Sounds like a great idea.A better way to protect and give power to our community instead of being pushed aside .Keep up the good work Mr Mayor, at least I am sure you are being supported by a majority on this issue.

  3. Since when did simon become a wowser I think he should pull his head in and start managing the council he will want us all go to church next


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