Geoff Dawe, Uki. There is no clear dividing line between defence and aggression and because the dividing line is blurred there needs to be major discussion of why Australian troops overseas are seen as defenders rather than aggressors.
Claims that the Byron Bay Liquor Accord has seen a dramatic drop in street violence might need to be reconsidered in the light of disturbing BOCSAR statistics released yesterday. But some other shires have managed to buck the trend.
Al Oshlack, Lismore. I am most upset at the alleged assault of Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell. I have issues with Cr Dowell over the way she has handled the fluoride issue and the North Lismore Plateau development, but totally abhor this angry outburst which has besmirched the integrity and sincerity of those residents who oppose the fluoridation of our water supply.
Six people were arrested and charged in less than 24 hours when two incidents occurred in Shearman Drive, Goonellabah yesterday.
The NRL’s reputation is suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune this week as players appear to be running amok – the anti-violence message doesn’t seem to be getting through as members from three teams are under investigation.
It is crystal clear from research done in Australia and all over the world that the most important factors in alcohol-related problems are: (i) the price of alcohol; and (ii) the availability of alcohol.
Greg Thomson (Byron Shire Echo Letters 8 October) suggests Byron Bay will face a local recession if last drinks are served at midnight because of the impact it would have on our ‘vibrant night life’. Alcohol-fuelled violence is more likely to have a... Read More →
Lavender (Kate Lavender), Lennox Head. It is impressive that a former SAS man acknowledged the peace loving-women in his life. That is a good start for changing attitudes.
Di Mahoney, Byron Youth Service. The statistics on a whole range of indicators for Byron Bay – including, but not limited to – the crime statistics show a major problem with alcohol-related harm.
This year activities will be concentrated around Railway Park instead of Apex Park, with road closures in Jonson Street. The festivities will conclude by 10pm although a later event is planned at the Youth Activity Centre
Brian Pearson, Byron Bay. It’s a shame that so much misinformation and misrepresentation of statistics is being presented as ‘fact’ by individuals and groups with regards to alcohol-related violence in Byron Bay.
John Allan, The Channon. There is a financial price every one of us pays for misuse of grog. In August the NSW Auditor-General Reported to parliament on the financial cost of alcohol.
Amber Jones, Byron Bay. As a hospitality professional of 15 years, I can safely say there is no venue more regulated than a late-night trader in Byron Bay.
Tweed venues have followed Byron’s lead on something: they have introduced a voluntary liquor accord to crack down on problem drinking. Under the terms of the accord, which came into effect this week, venues have agreed not to serve shots... Read More →
A $500,000 grant application by Council to improve Byron’s lighting and to fund youth initiatives was knocked back by the former federal Labor government just days before its leaving office. Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson said that it was ‘extremely... Read More →
Byron Bay nightclub La La Land has been slapped with a range of sanctions by the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing (OLGR) after undercover agents found the venue in breach of five of the 10 voluntary guidelines agreed to by the Byron Bay Liquor Accord.
Video: Organisers of the Last Drinks at 12 public meeting in Byron Bay on Saturday night have slammed Byron shire mayor Simon Richardson for failing to support their proposal to stop the supply of alcohol after midnight.
A forum at Byron Bay Community Centre on Saturday, hosted by Last Drinks at 12, heard from a range of experts about strategies for tackling the town’s ongoing problem with alcohol-fuelled violence. Sharon Shostak sampled the range of opinions.
Dr Blake Eddington, BMed FACEM, Byron Bay I would like to share my firsthand experience, working as an emergency specialist on the north coast, of alcohol-related violence. Probably the worse part of my job and by far the most disturbing... Read More →
Nicqui Yazdi, Byron Bay The idea that our clubs and pubs should close their doors, or stop serving their patrons, at midnight is just not reasonable. We keep hearing about the measures undertaken in Newcastle, but the reality of Newcastle... Read More →