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Liquor an issue for Sunrise events site

MOVING PLANS: The events centre at North Byron, which is to be relocated across the railway tracks and closer to the shopping centre as a bar, bottle shop and TAB.
MOVING PLANS: The events centre at North Byron, which is to be relocated across the railway tracks and closer to the shopping centre as a bar, bottle shop and TAB. Contributed

ALCOHOL - and the public revulsion at its availability and harmful impacts that blocked Dan Murphy's opening up - could provide an obstacle for the group wanting to create a pub and bottle store as part of a larger development of the old Becton site in Bayshore Dr, according to some Sunrise residents.

The developer's plans to relocate the events centre from the site across the railway line and 500 metres closer to the shopping centre and turn it into the Sun Bistro will require the preparation of a community impact statement, which will then be lodged with the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority.

Opponents of the development by North Byron Cultural Events (NBCE), which is owned by Queensland miner Brian Flannery, are hopeful this question of a liquor licence, and the likely application for others for events on the site proper, will stymie plans to turn it into a festival venue.

Alcohol is just one concern of the Save our Sunrise (SOS) members, who have ramped up the fight against the project - despite the developers taking steps to compromise on the extent of their plans.

In its latest letterbox drop to Sunrise residents, NBCE outlines its proposal to shrink the size of the Sun Bistro building by 118sq m, or 12.3% of its area.

"We are proposing to modify the (approved Sun Bistro) by repurposing and recycling the functions centre building currently at North Byron Beach Resort to use as the main section of the Sun Bistro building."

The proposed modified design amendment will mean a shorter construction time, the flyer says, and so a reduced noise impact.

The proposal also meets 100% compliance with the relevant noise and acoustic laws, including for licensed premises, the owners say.

NBCE is also seeking to reduce elements of its festival events proposal, by removing a stage (at the Lakehouse), removing a secondary camping precinct and cutting camping patron numbers from 3000 to 1500.

One of the events already in place is the Writers Festival but the possibility of loud music festivals has got SOS up in arms, concerned about the neighbourhood's quality of life, noise, traffic and threat to wildlife.

It particularly targets the building of nearly 200 cabins on the site under a 1987 DA approved for Becton and calls on people to present submissions opposing the plan to Byron council.

The cabins were "part of a seemingly ad hoc series of DAs pertaining to this site", said SOS member Helen Thwaites, in a letter outlining a threat to koalas on the site.

But NBEC has stated repeatedly that the area proposed for events is 9.8 hectares, or 11% of the entire 89ha beach resort site, and does not contain potential koala habitat or recognised koala trees.

As to the alcohol issue, one resident opposed to the development conceded a community impact study could find that the majority of people of Sunrise would welcome having a local pub.

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