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Kings Cross lockout decreases trade…..for emergency services.

i Jun 19th Comments Off by

Sydney’s Kings Cross experiment with lockout at 1:30 and last drinks at 3 has created a remarkable decline in patronage of emergency services.

A corresponding increase in daytime business has also been noted as less trash and urine have made ‘the cross, more enjoyable for a different crowd.

The new crowd is potty trained, knows how to use garbage bins, and express emotion without yelling and punching on.

Research shows that for every 1 hour reduction in late night trading up to a certain limit, you can expect around a 17% fall in the number of alcohol related assaults.

Last Drinks in Byron aims to get greater community input into alcohol availability in our town, and attract more socially adjusted visitors and residents.

Byron Council to oppose Aldi liquor licence | Echonetdaily

i Jun 19th Comments Off by

Byron Council to oppose Aldi liquor licence  (EchonetDaily)

Get your mops ready to soak up the rives of liquor set to flow if Aldi gets their licence.

In our town, the 6th most violent in NSW, Aldi see an opportunity- Lots of drunks, who need more alcohol to fuel their fights.

Patrons who engage in preloading alcohol (drinking before arriving at a venue) are far more likely to become violent and aggressive later.

Byron does not need this fuel on a fire we are struggling  to contain.

If cheap liquor is you main priority, perhaps you should consider visiting someplace more boring.

Last Drinks in Byron is trying to get more local say in how much impact alcohol has in Byron. Like our facebook page, subscribe to our newsletter to stay connected and help raise voices, so we can continue to raise community.



A Week In Byron, 2013

i Apr 13th Comments Off by

Lets update the VIA byron plan. There’s more to gloat for Byron Residents. We are the best place to get bashed on the North Coast, with 2.2 times as many chances as anywhere else in NSW.

Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) released their annual report last week, revealing Byron as the clear loser in many respects. As out of town liquor dealers supply visitors with alcohol late into the night, our friends and families suffer the consequences.

Byron reported 67 indecent assaults, (2.5 times the state average) and 314 non-domestic assaults in 2013.

Its time curb the junk tourists. Restrictive diets of reduced drinking hours are proven to turn away douche bags by 20% for each hour of reduced alcohol trading.

Our best opportunity to increase the size and quality of smiles in Byron is to make Local Liquor Accord membership mandatory for licensed venues.

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SMH – Daniel Christie assault: Man who lost son says there is no honour in a king hit

i Jan 8th Comments Off by

Matthew Stanley never saw it coming. The 15-year-old was punched once to the head and went down, smashing his skull on the ground. As he lay there, unconscious, his attacker kicked him in the abdomen and another man poured beer over him and called him a coward.

A day later he was declared dead, another victim of the one-punch culture of street violence.

His sudden and violent death in 2006 was echoed by the king hit on 18-year-old Daniel Christie in Kings Cross on New Year’s Eve, which fractured his skull and left him in a critical condition.

Matthew Stanley was killed by a one-punch assault.

One-punch assaults have killed more than 90 people in Australia since 2000. Alcohol was a factor in almost three-quarters of such deaths recorded between 2000 and 2012.

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SMH – Venues should be made to join Liquor Accords

i Jan 8th Comments Off by

It took 32 workers starting before dawn to clear the 16 tonnes of bottles, rubbish and ”human waste” strewn across Byron Bay on New Year’s Day.

The mess was so bad the council had to bring in a backhoe, and foot a $45,000 clean-up bill.

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Revealing the link between licensed outlets and violence

i Aug 20th Comments Off by

” The occurrence of interpersonal violence and disorder in the night-time economy, where establishments licensed to sell alcohol predominate, has been well described [1]. The notion that alcohol and aggression are linked is also supported by substantial evidence and theory from a range of research domains. ” Drug and Alcohol Review (September 2011)

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The impact of later trading hours

i Aug 20th Comments Off by

“Although not substantiated, it has been proposed by some that longer trading hours for licensed premises allows drinkers to ‘pace themselves’, thereby slowing the rate of drinking, ultimately reducing intoxication and related harms” Research Report from the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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Orgy of Violence in Byron Bay

i Aug 20th Comments Off by

“Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command are at their wits’ end after spending yet another weekend mopping up the fallout from alcohol-related crime in Byron Bay.Between Friday night and Monday morning, police ‘moved on’ 21 people and seven were issued criminal infringement notices for alcohol-related offensive behaviour.

According to Inspector Brendan Cohen, crime manager of the Tweed-Byron LAC, it was ‘the worst or close to worst’ weekend for drunken violence and antisocial behaviour in the since the Byron Bay Liquor Accord introduced tougher restrictions they said would help to rid the town of its bad image.

‘Maybe it was coincidental but we had warmer weather on the weekend and the events stretched our resources to limit,’ Inspector Cohen told Echonetdaily. “

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Lockouts A Lesson in Safer Streets

i Aug 20th Comments Off by

YOU don’t have to travel far from Sydney’s CBD to see how lockouts at licensed premises can drive down alcohol-fuelled violence.

It’s just two hours north on the F3 freeway to Newcastle, where drunken assaults have been slashed by more than 30 per cent since such measures were introduced.

The outstanding success of that pilot program and the brutal George St bashing last weekend of 26-year-old Simon Cramp has prompted renewed calls for similar rules in Sydney’s CBD.

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Spend a Night on Jonson Steet

i Aug 20th Comments Off by

I would like to add my name to the growing list of Byron residents demanding a safer, less intoxicated late-night environment in the Byron Bay CBD.

The scale and level of late-night intoxication in the Byron Bay CBD is extraordinary. If anyone still doubts this I suggest you sit on Jonson Street this Saturday night at around 2am and simply observe it. You will be shocked. Frontline police have been repeatedly warning the community that the situation is out of control and that Byron Bay CBD after midnight is a very drunk and a bloody unsafe place to be, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.

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