All year, as the Safe Summer in the Bay committee worked together, we were focused on creating positive spaces into which our residents could meet and celebrate the year past and the new one beginning.
We wanted to take our main street back and to do so in a way that was family friendly, creative and essentially Byron.
Judging by the unanimously wonderful responses by the community during Soul Street and First Sun, we achieved what we set out to do.
Later in the night we still had too much petty rubbishing of our town, and antisocial behaviour, and continually minimising this remains our challenge.
It is a challenge I believe we can meet positively and effectively.
I believe Council’s cleaners also deserve great commendation for making sure that the rubbish was mostly gone by dawn, New Years Day.
We will debrief more thoroughly as the next few weeks unfold and we will seek business and community feedback to make sure any adverse affects of Soul Street, if identified, can be addressed appropriately.
I visited the Falls festival site a couple of times and was impressed by the traffic strategies in place and will seek feedback from environment, community and business groups as to how they viewed the festival.
I believe all the members of the Safe Summer in the Bay committee deserve a wonderfully heartfelt ‘thank you’ from the wider community.
We took some risks, had faith in our community, and I’m glad we did because we provided fantastic events and our community supported them in droves.
Cr Simon Richardson, mayor, Byron Shire Council