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April 13, 2021

Byron Bay now family friendly

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Not a single arrest in Byron Bay on NYE. Safe Summer in the Bay? Absolutely.

Congratulations to Byron Shire Council, police, Byron Community Centre, Falls Festival and local businesses for supporting Soul Street and First Sun.

Byron Bay can now officially be declared a ‘Family Friendly Town’.

Cr Paul Spooner, Byron Bay

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  1. DITTO Paul and thanks to all the hard workers.
    What a fantastic feel for the New Years Eve celebrations.So good to see families coming back to our beautiful town . The next population education program should be against littering .

    New Years Eve celebrations got out of control in 1993, 2004 and 2012. In all occasions the community rose up and fought back with measures to counter this. A safe town is a happy town ,we must keep up the fight against the recalcitrant licensed liquor sellers but also we must also congratulate the members of the Byron Bay Liquor Accord who are doing the right thing in our community.

    • It’s probably good to note Geoff that Hannah Spalding representing the Byron Bay Liquor Accord was one of the regular contributors to the Safe Summer in the Bay committee. BBLA also supported Soul Street with sponsorship funds. It’s fair to say without the licensed premises around the table it may have been a different outcome.

  2. Agreed! I remember the community meetings, supported by Mayor Richardson. He spoke for many who also agreed that a vision for another type of holiday season was needed in Byron Bay. He helped kickstart the actions to get that vision come to life. Well done Simon and all the workers and supporters.

    At those meetings, Simon also expressed a hope that residents groups would rise up and engage with the many issues important to Byron Shire. Residents groups are reviving and strengthening. This means we may see community success outside of the holiday seasons as well.

    Simon asked the councillors to support of the People’s Charter for Better Planning. This was accepted by councillors, although only by one vote. The work is cut out for the community in 2015. If you are making New Year’s resolutions — make one to join a resident group in your neighbourhood. If there isn’t one — start one!


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