Consult before Byron booze trial decision: group urges

THE Government should consult with the Byron community before making any decisions on the future of a Byron Liquor Accord trial aimed at combatting alcohol-related violence, a community-based group has said.

Last Drinks at 12 has written to Hospitality and Tourism Minister George Souris and Ballina MP and North Coast Minister Don Page urging them to make sure the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing "genuinely consults" with Byron councillors, police and the broader community when considering the next step from the trial.

The group critisizes the trial, which is now due to be reviewed, as "voluntary and unenforceable".

Last Drinks at 12 wants the sale of alcohol at Byron Bay to end at midnight, the formation of a new liquor accord to make sure any measures taken within venues to limit anti-social behaviour were "mandatory and enforceable" and a freeze on extended trading licences.


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