Only nine people assaulted in Byron in March
THERE were nine alcohol-related assaults in Byron Bay in March, the lowest monthly figure for the town since 2010, Tweed/Byron Superintendent Stuart Wilkins said.
Supt. Wilkins said it was an encouraging sign given that late March was when the member venues of Byron Bay Liquor Accord introduced a raft of voluntary measures including a 1.30am lockout in a bid to combat late-night alcohol fuelled violence in the town.
He would have liked the accord voluntary measures to be stricter including a 1am lockout, "but I'm comfortable with where we're at at the moment".
"There is absolutely reason for hope," he said.
"I'm really encouraged that we're working together."
He said licensees at the accord's annual general meeting on Tuesday claimed Byron had been singled out for negative publicity.
"The spotlight will be taken off Byron when we have a significant reduction in alcohol-related violence," he told the meeting.
He said there were some licensed venues who were signatory to the voluntary measures who still weren't complying and he also urged more licensed restaurants, cafes and clubs to sign up.
The Tweed/Byron command had 50 less assaults between April 2012 - 2013 than the corresponding previous 12 months.
There were 21 assaults in Byron in March 2012, 15 in March 2011 and 20 in March 2010.