The Byron Bay Liquor Accord (BBLA) says its members have agreed and will formally vote at Wednesday’s Accord meeting to continue its current terms for the next six months.
Meanwhile, the upper house inquiry into strategies to reduce alcohol abuse among young people in NSW will be conducted at the Byron Sports Complex today (October 8) from 10am.
According to the group’s chair Hannah Spalding, this will allow a full assessment of the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing’s Byron Bay Action Plan, which calls for movement from a range of stakeholders in Byron Bay including Council, police, community groups and the Accord.
‘The reports from OLGR for the initial six-month period of the Accord’s terms are very positive.
‘We have seen up to a 25 per cent reduction in alcohol-related violence in the town since the inception of the Accord’s terms.
‘It is extremely encouraging to see the impact of the Accord actions showing such positive results.’
Supporting OLGR’s claims is the 2013 March quarterly update of the NSW recorded crime statistics, where Byron Shire (sexual assaults plus non-domestic violence related) assaults declined by 11.4 per cent from 2012 to 2013.
However, when comparing Byron’s figures to NSW rate of non-domestic violence related assaults per 100,000 population, Byron Shire is the seventh most violent out of NSW’s 152 shires with 2.1 assaults per 100,000, below Moree, Walgett, Bourke, Cobar, Coonamble and Sydney.