The appearance of a substantial temporary structure erected on Byron Bay’s Clarkes Beach yesterday ahead of a planned corporate event tonight has concerned locals, not least mayor Simon Richardson.
The function will involve the consumption of alcohol, something that is normally banned at the beach, and has been approved by council officers under delegation.
Echonetdaily was informed of the structure by local resident Chris Brady, who came upon it during his morning walk yesterday.
‘Morning walk at Clarkes beach,’ he wrote.
‘Just wondering is this a beginning of a new predicted to pay “what you like to be able to do as you like” era? Very sad to see such a construction. Concerned local money speaks all languages.’
Cr Richardson said he was also concerned about the precedent it might set.
‘It was a bit of a shock for me too, to be honest. It’s quite a large structure, so we need to … look at it and make sure we have a clear policy direction on how often something like that might happen, who might be eligible, what sort of size and where the appropriate place to hold it might be,’ he told ABC North Coast this morning.