Greg Thomson (Byron Shire Echo Letters 8 October) suggests Byron Bay will face a local recession if last drinks are served at midnight because of the impact it would have on our ‘vibrant night life’. Alcohol-fuelled violence is more likely to have a detrimental affect on tourism, as people turn away from a shire that is the seventh most violent in the state. Mr Thomson states he closes his restaurant before 12. Presumably, he then goes home to sleepy little Bangalow and enjoys a peaceful night’s repose. Not so for many residents of Byron, who have to endure the offensive behaviours of drunks well into the early hours of the morning. If Mr Thomson had attended the community meeting for Last Drinks at 12 he would have seen that the theatre was packed to capacity. We are not ‘a tiny minority’, and Byron Bay has so much more to offer than endless partying.
Louise Andrews, Byron Bay