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It took until 7.45am on Sunday (November 6) for police, council rangers and NPWS to finally break up an illegal doof party at Tallow Beach, Byron Bay, that had been raging all night.

A Byron Bay environmentalist says they have become regular events and even accuses some of the town’s tourism businesses of supporting them.

‘Hundreds of people (some say over a thousand) lit fires and twirled fire sticks in the middle of a total fire ban, dancing the night away to blaring music at one of Byron shire’s most environmentally significant sites,’ Byron Bay ecologist Dailan Pugh said in a letter to the editor today.

‘Rainbow Bee-eaters and Striated Pardalotes have dug nesting tunnels into the face of the dunes around the estuary. A precarious place to raise their young at the best of times. The parks service tried to protect some by erecting a fence and putting up signs,’ he said.

‘Undeterred people trampled the dunes. I wonder how many babies were entombed.

‘Animals of all sorts would have been scared out of their wits and fled the scene,’ he said.

Mr Pugh added that ‘as no toilets were provided… locals found people pissing in the estuary and shitting on its banks.’

Police said that in the morning approximately 200 people were still present from the previous night, when they estimated that ‘about 400 persons were in attendance’.

They added the party was immediately shut down and musical equipment seized by police.

All persons were moved on from the area and a small number of fires extinguished by NPWS.

Investigations will be carried out by the NPWS and Byron Shire Rangers.

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  1. There were a bunch of illegal doofs at Glencoe and there was no regard for the environment. I’m all for people having a good time but really! Loud music starting on Friday night lasting till Sunday arvo is a form of torture to the locals that have to endure it. They leave piles of toilet paper everywhere. It’s a health hazard and destructive to the areas they hold these doofs. Every doof I’ve tried to talk to the organisers they disregard the impact on the locals. In Busby’s Flat, nurses and other emergency people couldn’t sleep because of the noise caused by these illegal doofs.

    It’s time for stricter fines for these events so that they don’t happen. It trashes the environment and is torture to the locals not invited to the party!

    Doof organisers and goers! Please go away!!!!

  2. I don’t agree with the sentiment that animal young are more significant than our own young – one’s innocent and the other’s an evil doer? Really? Give them a place to hang out already! Stop commod-ifying youth spaces and perhaps they’ll appreciate the society they’re trying (somewhat unsuccessfully) to “thrive” in. It’s not really rocket-science people!

    • Animal young are endangered.. human young are far from being aso and need to develop some respect.
      Illegal all night doofs are not necessary to survival of humans, that environment is necessary to the wildlife, get some perspective!

      • I am being real. The young need to be young while they are young. That’s life – get over it already!

        I don’t mind getting the ear plugs out once or twice a year, I don’t mind if they have fun, I don’t need to dehumanise them and make everything illegal to get rid of them. Perhaps if more adults treated them this way, they might respect you as much as they respect me.

        We reap what we sew

  3. With nightclubs becoming stricter and stricter and lockout laws earlier and earlier, is this really a surprise? It has almost got to the point that going out in Byron for drinks and party’s with friends just isn’t worth it. Young people want to drink and party and they will always do so (just face it). Isnt it obvious that if you remove the safe,controlled and monitored nightclub environment people will party elsewhere in less safe places.

  4. Byron bay is one of the biggest backpacker hotspots in australia, yet we do nothing to facilitate backpacker desires. Nightclubs are almost obsolete with the lockouts, restrictions and security stranglehold. Why are we surprised when they bypass the pubs and nightclubs and party privately? Not saying private doofs are the right thing to do, but honestly can’t blame them.

  5. Mez has got to be kidding? I was there the last time the police were cleaning up after an all nite doof. The “young” attending these gigs are just so oblivious to the damage they do. And many of them were not so young… in their 30s with little kids in tow.

    I’m amazed at just how ignorant and uncaring they are… crapping on the edge of an estuary? trampling dunes? loud music in a precious wildlife area? Who the hell raised these idiots? What a pity they didn’t get some mind expanding drugs into them that opened a door in their dulled out brains to show them how to live with respect for our beautiful surroundings.

    Ah, it’s the “me,me, me” squad of braindead fauna who seem to be flocking to Byron in ever greater numbers. Add them to the mix of developers, absentee landlords and wannabes and no wonder this place is TOAST!

  6. Why did it take until 7:45 am for this doof to be shut by Police. This is the second time I have heard it this year. The first time I rang the local Police at 2am and I could hear it 3 kilometres away. I told the Police exactly where it was but it continued until 8am on the Sunday morning. How did the organisers get their heavy equipment to the site? Too far to carry it so they had to have transported it by vehicle along Tallow Beach. It is illegal to drive a vehicle along this beach except if it is an emergency vehicle. I hope unlawful use of a vehicle was added to the charge.

    • Local police are useless and just don’t care. if you call them and ask for immediate assistance (ie a big fight, dangerous situation) late at night they will usually ignore it or come hours after necessary. Even if your in the middle of town you’ll be lucky to get them there within an hour or two.

  7. Why is it that people just don’t GET that this part of Tallows in particular is a nature conservation site??
    Not just the doofers, but the dog owners who don’t care that their dogs run wild and chase the wild life.
    A long term local, it is just heartbreaking to watch the degradation of this once pristine gem.

    • Why is it that people dont understand that backpackers and young people party? If we close the pubs and nightclubs at 12 on a Sunday by law and have no areas for these people to congregate, are we supposed to think that they will just go to bed early?

      As far as long term locals, most are stuck in the past. Its not a quiet fishing village anymore, its one of the biggest backpacker hotspot destinations in the Australia. Its a young tourists getaway spot with surfing beaches, hostels, pubs and nightclubs. Look in all of the shops in town, they all have young people working in them. And look at the rental properties/houses in town, all filled with young adults renting individual rooms.


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