Byron schoolies working group has not heard from promoter
Byron schoolies working group has not heard from promoter

Doof party fails to gain support

IT IS rare for a Byron Bay development application to receive a unanimous response, but that appears to be the case for a proposed schoolies event in Byron Bay later this year.

The rather cheeky proposal has managed to raise the ire of all members of the schoolies working group, including the police and council, by inferring support from key schoolies stakeholders who all say they have had no contact from the promoter.

A proposal for a doof party lists the Byron Youth Service, Byron Underage Drinking and Drug Initiative (BUDDI), Project U Turn and volunteer support groups, the Red Frogs and the Byron Schoolies Safety Response team all as potential stakeholders in the event.

Byron Schoolies Safety Working Group has been successfully managing schoolies week in the tourist Mecca for several years now based on an event-free policy which has succeeded in achieving a relatively incident-free track record so far.

Byron Shire Council is currently exhibiting the application for the proposed doof at Red Devil Park by Lennox Head-based promoter Jeff Moss and will accept public submissions until October 5.

A fatigued Mr Moss, who has recently relocated from Coffs Harbour, told the Northern Star yesterday it was a misunderstanding after schoolies' stakeholders had been copied in on emails before he had a chance to approach them, though he believed the event provided a safe outlet for school leavers and he hoped the proposal would be judged on it's merits alone.

Tweed Byron Local Area Command acting Superintendent Greg Jago said police were concerned the proposed doof contradicted the current philosophy which had achieved a delicate balance keeping schoolies and residents happy.

"At this stage police are looking at putting a submission (to council) opposing the event," acting Supt Jago said.

Byron Shire Council's acting community services manager, Greg Ironfield, said the Schoolies Safety Working Group was not supportive of "commercial events or parties" that could bring more young people to the area.

"Additional strain would be placed on the community and resources that are already stretched to cater for the schoolies that come to Byron," Mr Ironfield said.

Di Mahoney, the director of Byron Youth Service which facilitates the Schoolies Hub, BUDDI and Project U-Turn, also objected to the proposal.

"Mr Moss has not consulted with anyone from Byron Youth Service in the development of his proposal, and although it reads like (we) are somehow involved as part of a strategy that effectively implements this event, this is not the case," Ms Ma-honey said.

"(The promoter) has not consulted with anyone from Byron Youth Service in the development of his proposal, and although it reads like (we) are somehow involved as part of a strategy that effectively implements this event, this is not the case."



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