19 Feb 2013

Booze trouble in Byron Bay

10:15 am on 19 February 2013

Alcohol-related assaults are on the rise in the holiday town of Byron Bay in northern New South Wales.

NSW Police Association president Scott Weber said on Tuesday that alcohol-related assaults were up 20% since 2009/10.

Byron Bay is a popular holiday destination.

AAP reports Mr Weber urged the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing to introduce measures similar to those imposed on Newcastle - including shorter trading hours, restrictions on the sale of high alcohol content drinks and late-night lock-outs - to stem the trend.

"We can't have boozed-up thugs ruining one of Australia's most idyllic towns," he said in a statement.