Community Forum to address boozy violence

A COMMUNITY meeting to discuss the ongoing problem of alcohol-related violence in Byron Bay is to be held from 2-4pm on Saturday, August 24 at the Byron Bay Community Centre.

Organised by a local community group Last Drinks at 12, the meeting will discuss ways to tackle a problem which has made Byron Bay one of the most dangerous places in NSW for alcohol-related assaults.

Chris Hanley, from Last Drinks at 12, believes the town is confronting a real crisis.

"Alcohol-related violence and related harms are severely damaging our young people, our community and the lifestyle we love," he said.

"We're facing a problem that's changing the very nature of our town.

"The statistics tell a terrible story. Byron Bay is the third most violent place in NSW as far as alcohol-related street violence is concerned.

"At the heart of the problem is the dangerous over-supply and availability of alcohol in the early hours of the morning and the lack of effective deterrence.

"A range of guest speakers from the medical community, the local police and successful community campaigns will canvass what can be done to address the problem including AMA Councillor Dr Michael Gliksman, Detective Senior Constable Tony King and Faciomaxilary Surgeon from the Royal Brisbane Hospital Dr Anthony Lynham. Tony Brown will also be on hand to talk about The Newcastle experience."

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