Media Release: Last Drinks at 12

NSW Police Association declares support for the Last Drinks at 12 request for ILGA intervention in Byron Bay

28 November 2013

The NSW Police Association has backed thecampaign by local community group Last Drinks at 12 to have the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority intervene in Byron Bay.

The aim of this intervention is to prevent the expected escalation in alcohol related violence and harm in Byron over the Christmas New Year period.

Last Drinks at 12 have requested an urgent Community conference of all local stakeholders before Christmas chaired by the ILGA Chairperson. The Authority has the reserved power to ultimately imposed proven measures to prevent alcohol related violence and substantially reduce associated policing and health costs.

Scott Weber, the President of the NSW Police Association, has written to the head of ILGA, Mr. Chris Sidoti, endorsing the campaign in Byron to tackle the issue of alcohol-related violence and related harms.

Mr. Weber confirmed in his letter to ILGA that “the Police Association of NSW is in full support of the aims of the Last Drinks at 12 community group”.

Mr. Weber acknowledged that he was writing “on behalf of our all our members in the Byron area, who will be directly affected by any increase in alcohol related violence and anti-social behaviour over the Christmas/New Year period.”

The Police Association president asked that Mr. Sidoti “urgently consider the concerns and requests of the Last Drinks at 12 community group, to pre-emptively avoid tragedy before it happens”.

Dr. Blake Eddington 0400 588 899
Mick O’Regan 0429 309 067