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.