Pub crawl could fuel boozy brawls

THE BYRON Bay chamber of commerce has questioned the promotion of a pub crawl in the high profile tourist town, fearing it could damage the town’s reputation.

Byron United vice president Paul Waters said four licensed establishments were participating in the promotion which provides a free drink at each stop.

"The idea of having 30 to 50 young people wandering around town from venue to venue, even though they’re supposedly supervised, does to some extent encourage heavy drinking," he said.

"Without putting our foot down, we need to monitor this and be mindful of the fact that this sort of drinking culture can get out of hand."

Mr Waters said Byron United had concerns and hoped to facilitate some discussion between the licensed establishments, the liquor accord and the council.

"By the end of the night what kind of intoxification levels will they have and what kind of effect is that going to have on the street behaviour in our town?" he asked.

"If this goes gangbusters and everyone gets on-board, before you know it we could have some problems and it could effect our reputation of the whole town.

"In tourism bad news travels fast and we don’t want to have the boozy brawls at one in the morning."

 


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