Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson
Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson

Push to reclaim Byron Bay NYE celebration for the locals

LOCKING out trouble will be the key to Byron locals reclaiming the town for New Year's Eve.

Following this week's meeting of the Byron Shire's Summer Safety Summer and Cultural Activities Committee, Mayor Simon Richardson said the aim was for Byron Bay to be closed on New Year's Eve.

"If you aren't a local Byron Shire resident, booked into an accommodation place or an employee working on the night, you'll need to purchase a park-n-ride ticket or you won't get in," Cr Richardson said.

This follows last year's event that saw locals swamped by hordes of out-of-towners partying hard and illegal campers trashing the streets.

"We've looked back on past years, taken the best elements and provided new options for a family- friendly program, including a focus on dawn to welcome the New Year," said Cr Richardson.

"But our message will be clear, we have no room and zero toler- ance for those who want to party in town and trash the Bay."

BUDDI team leader Nicqui Yazdi also outlined a proposal for an outdoor youth event at Byron Bay YAC amphitheatre.

"The alcohol-free event will be a safe place for our local people to celebrate New Year's Eve," Ms Yazdi said.


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