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Police flag concerns over NYE safety Michael McDonald In a confidential letter to Byron Shire Council, the officer in charge of Byron Bay police, Inspector Owen King, has expressed his concerns about public safety on New Years Eve in Byron Bay. This led Mayor Jan Barham after an urgency motion last week to seek to commit $12,500 to lighting and toilets. While declining to release his letter to the press, Insp King told The Echo, ‘I could not wait any longer to find out what was happening. I needed to tell my commanders what resources I needed. ‘Council does have a legislative responsibility for the safety of residents and visitors. Police too need safe working conditions and I outlined to Council the risk management measures I wanted to put in place. ‘As officer in charge and a member of the NYE safety committee I wanted to ensure a safe environ-
ment. Road closures are one of the important things and providing a pedestrian precinct. ‘There will be 8,000-10,000 people in town for the weekend anyway. They can’t all fit into venues and they will spill out into the streets.’ Insp King said he would have adequate police numbers for the night. The NYE vote got up 7-3, Crs Tucker, Tardif and Kestle opposed, after Councillors expressed misgivings about putting any more money into NYE. It transpired the money would come from an existing $25,000 budget for waste management and would not interfere with the cleanup for the night. Cr Barham said Council’s NYE committee needed immediately to book facilities to ensure community safety and to have the alcohol prohibition zone approved.
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Taste of Byron a top treat
Celeste Butler did more than just dip the strawberries at the Chocolat stall. Photo Jeff ‘Soft Centre’ Dawson
Buttery outreach awarded, then runs out of funds
Victoria Cosford For an event which faltered, floundered and ultimately failed last year then seemed to be thrown together in a short space of time this year, the Taste of Byron 2006 can only be considered an unqualified success. Perfect weather last Sunday with a bit of a wind ensured a huge
Members of The Buttery’s outreach service MISA (Mental Illness and Substance Abuse) Lifestyle program have been recognised in Sydney for their outstanding initiatives in supporting those of this region who deal with dual diagnosis issues, that is mental illness and substance abuse. They received this award in Martin Place as part of the launch of Mental Health Week NSW. Ironically as they received the award from Governor Marie Bashir they prepared to wrap up the program as the non recurring funding from the federal government ceases at the end of October. Along with the jobs of three experienced and professional staff will be the loss of over eight group and community programs which are run from Lismore to Tweed Heads.
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turnout of what appeared to be largely locals, though also the tailend of holiday-makers. Like two years ago, the festival was held on the beachfront behind Main Beach; it consisted of aisles of stalls, lots of seating under umbrellas, tents housing cooking demonstrations, fashion parades
‘The reality is that governments often won’t release funding unless it is in line with elections. We need funding this year and both state and federal elections aren’t till next year, so once again our clients, families and carers and other small agencies miss out,’ said Antonia Ravesi, Program Manager of MISA. Director of The Buttery Barry Evans said, ‘We are keen to use this award to highlight the success of this service in dealing with this minority group in need of such special attention. ‘We welcome any support from the community in terms of funding opportunities to help reinstate this program.’ A big hit at TOB, Fishheads kitchen was mobbed when word got out about their Contact The Buttery on 6687 1/2 swimmer lobster, local baby calamari, local prawns and salmon mixed grill. 1623 or at www.buttery.org.au. Chef Lynette Bradford, here with Kylie Phipps, Konrad Reimer and Ralph ■ Family drug support, page 15
and bands, roving entertainers, stilt walkers and children’s activities. The air was appropriately perfumed with cooking smells as the sunglasses-clad crowds jostled and thronged from stall to stall juggling cardboard plates of food. The stalls themselves were a gratifyingly representational mix of both local eateries and producers – some of them almost impossible to access due to the length of the queues. I tasted a lot of Byron that hot afternoon – but also beyond: the most delicious thing I ate, and to be sure the winning Taste of Byron Dish, was the Iluka Prawn, Pink Ginger and Coconut Wonton with Tahitian Lime and Wasabi Mayo from Lismore’s Basilico restaurant. In fact all three of their offerings were superb: clean fresh flavours, use of local ingredients, impeccably cooked chicken and prawn, given the conditions. Honourable mention of the day went to Brown Sugar café, not only for their really gorgeous Rosewater Yoghurt Balls with creamy chocolate sapote sorbet but also for the vicissitudes they encountered: firstly no power to run their espresso machine and continued on page 4
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NYE concerns From front page
Supporting the motion Cr Tabart, who has been attending the committee meetings, said the night was not so much an event as a measure to control the crowd. â€˜We can leave it as a war zone or put in some lights to help the police.â€™ Of a contrary opinion, Cr Ray Kestle said, â€˜Ninetynine per cent of towns donâ€™t have this problem. If we stopped doing NYE in Byron Bay, I wonder if anyone would turn up. â€˜In Bangalow the community gets stuck in and does the cleanup. We have safety issues there too â€“ in the bil-
Getting the wrap on Bangalow fashion
Vamping it up for the Wrapped In Bangalow fashion spectacular are Morag Page, Dianne Herchenroder, Michelle Malloy, Jo Swinton and Charlott Clark. Photo Jeff â€˜Christian Dâ€™Oh!â€™ Dawson
The â€˜Wrapped in Bangalowâ€™ fashion parade, featuring collections from Bangalow retailers will be showing at 6:30pm this Thursday October 19. Participating paraders include Little Peach, Aurora, Bangalow 2479, Obsession Shoes & Handbags, Echidna Place, Charlotteâ€™s Parlour, Aroma House, Stick & Stones and the Bedroom. Obsession, which opened
its doors in August this year, are this yearâ€™s major sponsor. There will also be live music to further entertain the crowd. Alana Manion, the paradeâ€™s founder and coordinator, said, â€˜We are delighted to have Obsession presenting the parade this year and we welcome them to Bangalow.â€™ The proceeds from this parade will go to two charitable programs this year:
Bangalow and Newrybar Primary Schoolsâ€™ â€˜Munch & Crunchâ€™, a healthy eating program for children, and to Bangalowâ€™s â€˜Ground Forceâ€™. The parade, which won the Community Event of the Year for 2005, showcases local retailers and gives the community a different way to raise money for local charities. Pick up your tickets ($22 a seat) from Bangalow 2479 or Barebones.
lycart derby there are human missiles hurtling down the street.â€™ In conclusion Cr Barham said, â€˜This is about a safe community event. We owe it to the police and to meet the expectations of the business people.â€™ The Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce Executive has written to Council, expressing â€˜serious doubts regarding the organisation by the 2006 New Yearâ€™s Eve Safety Committeeâ€™, including the lack of a proper and detailed plan and the lack of a satisfactory budget approved by the Council. The executive further wrote: â€˜It is expected that
Council must take responsibility for the township of Byron Bay including safety and amenities for residents and visitors. Council must provide adequate resources for the facilities and amenities to meet the Councilâ€™s Duty of Care. An â€œAlcohol Prohibitionâ€? must be enforced.â€™ In response Cr Barham told The Echo, â€˜The chamber has been coming to the committee meetings but not offering any financial support. Some businesses have provided prizes for the parade but it is unfortunate we donâ€™t have greater support from the Chamber.â€™ In a related press release,
Cr Barham said, â€˜The event will commence at 3pm with childrensâ€™ activities and market stalls at the beach front. The popular parade will feature again and there is a request to the community to join in by starting to prepare costumes and group presentations. â€˜The committee is also calling for stallholders to make an expression of interest to have food and craft stalls on the night and an opportunity for community groups to have free stalls to showcase their work and activities.â€™ Buskers are also invited to apply to perform on the night.
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Work and welfare laws draw flak About 120 people turned up at Railway Park, Byron Bay, last Saturday to voice opposition to federal government legislation on welfare and work. Christine Smith of the Community and Public Sector Union told of local workers being offered wage cuts or the sack. One worker was told to work a double shift for no wages or face dismissal for misconduct. Such a dismissal results in eight weeks delay receiving welfare payments. Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon flew from Sydney for the rally and reinforced the message that WorkChoices and Welfare to Work legislation combine to throw people off welfare and into low paid jobs. She has announced a Private Members Bill designed to protect local council workers from the WorkChoices legislation by changing the legal status of their employer. â€˜The government has legislated to take industrial relations out from state jurisdiction using the corporations power of the commonwealth. This bill takes it back,â€™ she said. Local musicians Monkey