Police called after Cr?s outburst

By GARY CHIGWIDDEN

Greens councillor, John Lazarus, was questioned by police on Monday after he allegedly verbally abused and swore at a female holiday accommodation worker in the Byron Visitor Centre.

Police also spoke to the worker and other people who were in the centre at the time, however no charges have been laid.

Cr Lazarus said he went to the centre to complain about rubbish left outside a holiday rental house in Lilli Pilli Drive managed by Byron Bay Accom, which has a desk in the visitor centre.

He told the News he had spoken to Byron Bay Accom on previous occasions about rubbish left outside holiday homes and admitted he was angry when he went into the centre on Monday.

At first, when confronted by Byron Bay Accom co-owner, Scott Kenyon - and in my presence - he denied swearing at the female employee.

But he later told the News he was very angry at the time and "could have" sworn.

An outraged Mr Kenyon said Cr Lazarus' behaviour had been "despicable" and he was not the sort of person who should be representing the community on the council.

He said he was writing a letter of complaint to the Department of Local Government and to Byron Council's general manager, Pamela Westing.


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