The Byron Bay Liquor Accord (BBLA) was formally established in 2013 as a not for profit, voluntary membership based organisation that was formed by its members to help reduce alcohol related harm and anti-social behaviour in the Byron Bay LGA.
Violence and anti-social behavior are issues that all towns must deal with and Byron Bay is no different. The challenge Byron Bay faces, however, is that it’s a small town, which is a very popular destination for tourists, both domestic and international. Byron Bay has become a victim of its own success.
Its reputation as a welcoming and easy going place has seen consistent increases in tourist numbers. While anti-social behavior should not be an inevitable consequence of high visitor numbers, Byron Bay attracts a decidedly young and energetic clientele that often prove difficult to manage.
The town’s infrastructure and resources are often stretched meaning venue operators and police are continually challenged to create a memorable, enjoyable and safe hospitality experience whilst balancing community life for residents.
The BBLA stated aims will be achieved principally through encouraging and supporting the responsible service of alcohol, addressing venue-related safety and security issues and working with other community partners to improve both local outcomes and the wider perception of the Byron Bay area.