Byron group's new war cry: Last drinks at 12(ish)

FURIOUS agreement has broken out in Byron Bay.

After Wednesday's community meeting hosted by Last Drinks at 12, both Byron Shire councillor Paul Spooner and Chris Hanley from Last Drinks at 12 agreed "Byron needs a Byron solution" to tackle alcohol-related street violence.

Mr Hanley said there was a robust exchange of views among the 80 people who attended the two-hour meeting, including members of the Byron Bay Liquor Accord, venue owners and councillors.

Last Drinks had recently questioned the council's decisions and strategy regarding plans for managing upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations.

However, the group appears to have softened its previous stance in pushing for alcohol service to stop at midnight.

"We are not hardline on the midnight closing. We do not want to divide the community," Mr Hanley said.

Cr Spooner congratulated Last Drinks at 12 for bringing the community into the debate regarding street safety.

"The real issue is to have a safe, creative space and not have a kind of prohibition," he said.


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