Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Public Meeting on Proposed Midnight Booze Ban for Byron

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Public Meeting on Proposed Midnight Booze Ban for Byron

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Byline: Alex Utting alex.utting@northernstar.com.au

COMMUNITY group Last Drinks at 12 is holding a public meeting today at the Byron Bay Community Centre.

The group proposes prohibiting the supply of alcohol in venues after midnight to reduce alcohol-related violence in Byron Bay.

Last Drinks at 12 spokesman Mick O'Regan said today's meeting would provide an opportunity for the public to hear information from police representatives and medical professionals about solutions to alcohol-fuelled violence in the Bay.

A representative who helped implement a similar measure in Newcastle in 2008, which saw last drinks being served at 3am rather than 5am, will also attend.

"We believe the best way to tackle this problem is through community-based action, which brings about change," Mr O'Regan said.

Byron Bay Liquor Accord (BBLA) chair Hannah Spalding said BBLA had begun measures to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence, including prohibiting double shots and jugs and refusing entry to patrons who were drinking on approach to a venue. …

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