Alcohol-free zones in Byron Bay during the Splendour in the Grass weekend.
Alcohol-free zones in Byron Bay during the Splendour in the Grass weekend. Byron Shire Council

Splendour camping and grog bans

BYRON Shire Council is reminding locals and visitors that no-camping and alcohol free zones will be enforced this weekend as festival-goers make their way to Belongil Fields for Splendour in the Grass.

Council's Governance Manager, Ralph James, said he was hopeful residents and tourists would enjoy a busy weekend in Byron Shire while also respecting the Bay.

"Council Rangers will be working during the weekend to enforce local laws for the good of everyone in town this weekend," he said.

"We remind people that the streets of Byron Bay's CBD, including Ewingsdale Road and Shirley Street between Belongil Fields and town proper, are alcohol free. The same thing goes for our beaches and public parks.

"Part of the reason Splendour sold out so quickly this year was because it was back in Byron. We want to preserve those features that make Byron so special to begin with, so we are asking people to please drink responsibly in licensed venues only, rather than in public spaces."

Areas of Byron Bay which are now off-limits to street camping would also be monitored during the weekend.

"Council recently erected signs prohibiting street camping at various locations in Byron Shire, including Sommerset and Butler Streets in Byron Bay," Mr James said.

"Street camping can have an impact on residential amenity, as well as our tourism operators that offer a place for people to legitimately camp. We ask that people secure their accommodation off the street."

There would also be parking restrictions in place at Sunrise Beach.

"During Splendour, anyone who does not live in Sunrise Beach will be prevented from parking in the neighbourhood. Given it is across the road from the festival site, we need to ensure residents are not unduly inconvenienced by people seeking to illegally park close to Belongil Fields," he said.

Mr James encouraged people to enjoy the weekend.

"Council wants anyone in Byron Shire over the Splendour period to have a great time, but we also need to get the balance right for the sake of the wider Byron Shire community. So we ask for peoples' cooperation in respecting local laws," he said.

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