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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

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  1. I went to that meeting. 90% of the people were over 50. Not all were in support. Keep to the facts, Louise.. Image a community centre full of young people trying to stop our dear elderly people enjoying ,say, Bex – or something similar….because the youth decided it was not good for them.

  2. The best thing is that we as a community are talking and working towards a better and safer Byron Bay.We are an iconic town and as such need to be seen to be doing something to fix our problems.The media loves the tension between business,residents and tourists to get good stories from the alcohol violence problems but our community needs to use this to our advantage.Other communities in Australia look at Byron Bay for inspiration and ideas so we need to give hope to them.Sure we will always have a lot of people agreeing and disagreeing but this is healthy to make Byron Shire the best place to live.
    Been loving this place since 1964,hope to keep loving until my demise!


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