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Some of the leftover ‘earthworks’ from last night’s illegal doof on Main Beach. Photo supplied.

Partygoers were pumping out the music last night on Main Beach, about 250m down the beach from the surf club, according to locals who were kept up until around 2.30am this morning.

‘There were around 30 to 40 people down on the beach with a DJ booth set up,’ said one local who contacted Echonetdaily, but didn’t want to be named.

The music started around 9pm and locals began ringing the police when the music was still going at 11pm. The police were called again after 1am but told the caller that they ‘had a few jobs on’, adding that ‘they would try to get a car there’.

Veda Turner from the Green and Clean Awareness Team (GCAT) who work on the dunes in the area went down to look at the site this morning for Echonetdaily.

‘They’ve undertaken considerable earthworks with intricate shaping and they’ve decorated the sand bank with pandanus fronds,’ said Veda.

‘There doesn’t seem to have been an impact on the dunes where we have been working, they don’t appear to have been up into the regeneration area. But this isn’t the sort of activity we think is appropriate on the beach.

‘The noise would have an impact on the animals who live in the new regeneration. We wouldn’t want it to become a regular thing.’

Where to for a full moon?

The hippies of the 70s held regular ‘Moon Dances’ at places like Durrumbul Hall and later at Kohinur Hall up Main Arm celebrating their connection to mother earth and dancing the night away.

‘What options do people have for a full moon and a fire these days?’, asked Veda, reflecting on how the region has changed.

While people are still coming to the region and looking for an opportunity to experience alternative lifestyles, a Byron Shire Council spokesperson said that all events in Byron shire in public areas require a permit.

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  1. Vandals dug and ripped up Byron Main Beach overnight but locals declared they were only partygoers who kept pumping up the music into the dark wee hours of about 2.30am.
    Locals don’t seem to know that a new police law enforcement squad has been relegated to the Tweed Byron police area and we are in political campaign for coming elections for about three parties. The new enforcement squad needs to get some runs on the board.

  2. FACTCHECK: The all night parties at the original Durrumbal Hall replete with water troughs for hourses out front, well and truely preceded the arrival of the ‘hippies’.

  3. It’s all very well to say that all events in Byron Shire in public areas require a permit but my experience was that three applications on the council website with follow-up phone calls resulted in no responses.

  4. Last month I happened to be in Brisbane on a full moon. I found my self in the city on a riverbank near the WestEnd in a public park. Every month on the full moon there is a gathering attended by 100’s of people , dozens of fire twirlers and DJ’s playing. No charge… No Cops.. No Hassle . Just a general good vibe of peace and good will to all!
    My question to the Byron Shire council is this… If Brisbane City Centre can allow this every month why not Byron Shire?

  5. Sorry… can’t believe the police response was they were too busy to get there! Really?

    Is this the same mob who trampled Tallows multiple times…leaving residents to try and stop their environmental vandalism there?

    Poor babies… can’t find a place to party outside on a full moon? complete w DJ doof setup? DAMN. let’s get em a grant, organise a space for them. Can’t have privileged white people going without a beautiful natural environment for them to rape while they blast their music for the wildlife…

    GET REAL Byron. Yr under invasion by the wank squad/hipsters who wanna play like the old days. THEY ARE OVER. There’s too many of us here now. AND Durrumbul & Kohinur are halls, not a beach. We didn’t dig up the place. It survived intact. Although the wildlife still probably didn’t like Midnight Oil or Jimmy Barnes at 2am.

  6. Di James’s FACTCHECK is correct. Moon dances precede the arrival of New Settlers.
    FACTCHECK 2 As a veteran of many moon dances at Durrumul and Kohinoor they were not doofs. We had actual music played by actual bands.
    I can’t believe the police were so slack in shutting down this invasion of ‘party goers’ and their shite music and preventing the vandalism of our beach

  7. Dear Jo, The answer to your question is that they do it on the beach or in the National Park. They leave behind plies of rubbish, trample on the regerating vegetation, disturb wildlife and upset the neighbours.
    Totally different from what happens in Brisbane


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