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Police are asking Byron Bay visitors and locals to celebrate the season responsibly over the New Year weekend.

The Tweed/Byron Police District staff say that the festive season has seen a continued influx of visitors to the area and an increase in large public gatherings around the Byron town centre, which have required significant clean-up efforts due to the amount of rubbish left behind.

Under the current restrictions, outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than 100 people in a public place including beaches and parks.

Police have conducted an extensive high-visibility operation, dispersing large crowds gathered at Apex Park, on both Christmas Eve and Christmas say. They were also reminding the public that the area is an alcohol-free zone, which effectively prohibits the consumption of alcohol in any public place.

In addition, police attended the National Park area at Tyagarah around midnight yesterday on Boxing Day where an illegally organised party was being held.

In the early hours of this Sunday (27 December), police again attended Apex Park after a large number of people gathered. Police moved the group on and ensured the alcohol they were consuming was tipped out.

300 people gathered at Main Beach and Belongil

Following this, police attended Main Beach and Belongil Beach after approximately 300 people gathered at each location. The parties were closed down by police and the crowd was moved on.

About 200 people were dispersed and music equipment seized with 73 parking infringements issued. Police are liaising with National Parks and Wildlife regarding further infringements for organisers/attendees.

Tweed/Byron Police District Commander, Superintendent David Roptell, is appealing for those involved to respect the environment and be mindful of the amount of rubbish that is being left behind.

‘It’s not fair for council workers and locals to have to clean the significant mess that is being left after each of these gatherings. I urge those who are intent on meeting in parks and beaches to not only do so safely but be respectful to the environment and those around you by cleaning up after yourself,’ said Supt Roptell.

Police focus on maintaining safe and fun atmosphere

Superintendent Roptell said that police will continue to focus on maintaining a safe and fun atmosphere; however, officers will not tolerate anyone who risks their safety or the safety of others with foolish behaviour.

‘This year’s Christmas and New Year’s celebrations must be conducted in a COVID-safe environment.

‘In saying that, we have a very clear message to those choosing to come to Byron over the New Year period – this year is very different, there will be no large gatherings, no dance parties in the park. Social distancing is the new normal, and we all have to do our bit to stop the spread.

‘The NSW Police Force continues to work closely with health officials and other government agencies, businesses and the community to manage the COVID-19 crisis and minimise the spread of the virus.’ Said Supt Roptell.


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  1. How saddening that visitors to this peaceful natureland, disrespect the nature, the local people, and themselves, by leaving their drunken vulgarity, their vomit, and their rubbish everywhere, and driving around like maniacs on speed, endangering all who get around on foot or bicycle, and all wildlife.

    Regarding the covidiocracy however, I urge Supt Roptell to read the open letters to government.
    Particularly, “cops for covid truth”, penned by officer Alex Cooney (NSW police). Thankyou Alex.
    Also, “Concerned Lawyer Network”, and also the words of lawyer Serene Teffaha.
    I shall leave links below.

    – Serene Teffaha’s Class Action Suit against the Covid Nonsense –

    Please everyone, this information is important as the government has signed contracts with the pharmaceutical industry for NOVEL EXPERIMENTAL mRNA “vaccines” which are designed to alter the DNA and which have already been responsible for serious adverse reactions and deaths, and yet the government is attempting to impose these forcibly upon the public, with no jab pay, no play, no travel, no participation in society coercive policies.

      • Ida,
        No Byron local has the virus.
        It is the tourists from Sydney who have the virus.
        But Byron has to make some money
        That is the micro.
        Now the macro:
        The NSW government let planes in from the USA.
        Someone got off who had the virus, now they are closing down all Sydney and the Northern Beaches when 126 Sydneyites now have got the virus.

  2. More 5G, Bill gates and anti vaccination nonsense from Ida. What the 300,000 plus dead in the states is some sort of conspiracy? Qanon nonsense, please use common sense or you’ll be like those people dying of COVID and asking why am I dying as I don’t accept the virus exists.

  3. Idiot season is well and truly here.
    No police presence in Byron Bay last night (Sunday) as groups of young males were throwing bottles at Jonson St roundabout around 9 pm.
    AirB&B has generated a huge social problem for this town. When will it end?

  4. After my comment was not published I assume the echo agrees with all the nonsense in idas letter. Wow you agree with all this 5G, COVID and Bill Gates garbage. Disappointing from a paper that published mungo McCallum.

  5. ‘Tis heartening to see so many people calling out the dross in Ida’s comment and especially its links.

    Just think: If the Australian Government / people believed this rubbish and behaved in the same gobsmacking manner as our American “cousins” with virtually Covid-19 denialism, presumably the situation here would be:

    Given the U.S. has approximately 13 times the population of Australia, then the Covid-19 deaths here would be around a little under 12,000 (i.e. 13 times our current deaths here of 908).
    Or to put it another way – equivalent to roughly the COMBINED TOTAL OF THE LAST 10 YEARS OF ROAD FATALITIES, AUSTRALIA-WIDE, in only one year.
    OR PERHAPS THE MULTIPLE OF 23 OF AUSTRALIAN FATALITIES IN ITS 10 YEAR INVOLVEMENT IN VIETNAM (where protesters took to the streets in massive numbers to protest the (ultimately) 521 deaths).

    Ida, In the words of the beloved Pauline – “Please Explain”?

  6. “Truth never lost ground by enquiry.” William Penn

    “covid-19 vaccine” manufacturers are exempt from liability.

    Same people peddling the fear porn are peddling the cure.

    TOTAL death statistics in each country are on parr with previous years.

    Flu death statistics no longer being recorded during the covidiorama.

    These things are not hard to research yourselves.

    Peace. Love. 💖


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