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After a successful run over Christmas, the Ballina Liquor Accord will be running the free ‘Get Home Safe’ bus service again at New Year to help get the local community home safely.

This silly season has seen the Northern Rivers flooded with tourists and holiday makers like never before.

Coupled with the effects of COVID-19, many venues are reaching capacity on busy nights with transport services stretched too thin to cope.

The Ballina Liquor accord (which is made up of all licence-holders between Ballina, Lennox Head, and Wollongbar) has taken the initiative to organise an additional bus service to help get people home late at night from venues across the area.

Free shuttle buses will help people get home safely on New Year’s Eve.

A free shuttle bus service will be offered from 9pm, picking up at the following venues, before dropping patrons off at key residential areas:

  • Westower Tavern
  • Ballina RSL Club Ltd
  • Henry Rous
  • The Aussie Hotel Ballina
  • The Slipway Hotel
  • The Shaws Bay Hotel
  • Cherry Street Sports Ballina
  • Lennox Hotel
  • Club Lennox

The final bus runs will be leaving at midnight.

The Ballina Liquor Accord said their hope is that by reducing waiting times outside licenced venues it will reduce alcohol-related incidents in the surrounding areas, helping to keep the community safer.


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