Alcohol restrictions in place

Alcohol restrictions will be in force in Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads today (Thursday).

No alcohol can be consumed or carried in certain public areas including public roads, footpaths, parks, car parks and beaches.

Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham said the restriction on alcohol was part of a strategy developed by the council to ensure a safe New Year’s Eve event for all.

Cr Barham said the alcohol restrictions were aimed at minimising the effects of alcohol-related behaviour and to promote a low-key family friendly environment for locals and visitors alike.

The alcohol ban will begin at noon today, through until 6am on New Year’s Day.

In Byron Bay the alcohol-free zone is defined by Bay St, Fletcher, Marvel, Butler and Lawson streets and includes the First Sun Car Park.

 Celebrations tonight at Byron Bay will be, as in recent years, low-key.

They include a twilight beach market at Main Beach and rides. Starting from 4pm, the twilight markets will feature local artisans, market stall holders and buskers.

The Samba Blisstas will be performing from 8pm, and McGregor’s Festival Amusements will have a range of rides to entertain the whole family.

Temporary road closures will also be in effect today and tonight at Byron Bay.

Roads temporarily closed from 6am are Jonson Street, north of Lawson Street, Fletcher Street, north of Bay Lane, Bay Street, west of Jonson Street, Middleton Street, north of Lawson Street.

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