“DISAPPOINTED” is how Paul Waters has described a decision by Byron Shire Council to retain Byron Bay’s low-key New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The Byron United vice president said he was not surprised by the decision, saying that council rarely showed support for Byron Bay businesses.
“It’s not as if we’re asking for much,” he said.
“The chamber just wants some more entertainment, fireworks and a countdown to midnight. We also want council to do away with its street closures which effectively close down three of the town’s busiest streets.
“At a time when the town is packed anyway you are doing away with a third of the town’s parking spaces.”
Mr Waters said nothing happened in Byron Bay on New Year’s Eve besides the Samba Blisstas playing for about one hour and a “pathetic country show” at the beachfront.
“We don’t want a rock show, but we do want a few more things for locals and tourists to enjoy,” he said.
“It’s not about making more money for businesses, it’s about creating an appropriate NYE in Byron Bay with things like fire twirling, indigenous dancing and local, iconic performers providing entertainment.”
New Year’s Eve in Byron Bay has been a low-key, family-friendly event for several years now, following near riots in the town in 1994. The request to council from Byron United to spice up NYE celebrations was unanimously knocked back by councillors at a meeting last week.
...it’s about creating an appropriate