Byron Bay locals are furious this morning after waking up at a crazy party with over 200 attendees after finding a precious beach dumped in the trash by a backpacker.
Angry residents shared a photo of trash scattered on the sandy beaches of Belongil Beach, the main strip of Byron Bay along the northern coast of New South Wales.
Tweed / Byron police were very busy last night closing several illegal parties and were able to attend an open-air rally of less than 100 people due to COVID-19 restrictions.
It was after Sydney’s cider was found having a big party on Christmas day at Bronte Beach in the eastern suburbs.
New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard called the Sydney case “horrifying” and was arrested and charged with ignoring police officers by a 25-year-old man.
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The Australian backpacker community has returned mostly after news of the coronavirus pandemic, but locals blame the backpackers for a wild party on Saturday night, December 26th. I believe that.
“This was the wreckage of a backpacker beach party at Belongil Beach yesterday,” a local posted on the community’s Facebook page.
“I know it was a backpackers party (because) because I was tasked with finding the lost phone.
“Everywhere in the sand there were logs smoldering from the fire and broken glass.
“There was a lot of trash buried in the sand, so I was stepping on the filled bottles, cans, and trash in every explanation. This is bloody.”
Another local said, “Apparently there were more than 200 people.
“Everyone should be able to pick up a trash bag and play a role of a bunch of lazy ass pigs. It’s very rude. It’s no wonder the locals are angry.”
Tweed / Byron police estimate that the number will be higher after closing the party at Belongil Beach, where they said 300 people had gathered.
That wasn’t the only illegal party that took place last night.
Police said they had disbanded the rally A rally on the main beach, where an additional 300 people were having a party, also crashed in the National Park area of Taiagara around midnight.
Police went to Apex Park earlier this morning after a large crowd gathered.
“Police have moved to the group and confirmed that the alcohol they were consuming was definitely eliminated,” police officers said in a statement.
During many parties, police seized music equipment and issued 73 parking violations.
Police are now urging visitors and locals to “celebrate responsibly” and remind everyone that public places are “alcohol-free zones.”
Tweed / Byron Police District Commander David Loptel is calling on stakeholders to respect the environment and pay attention to the amount of garbage left behind.
“It’s unfair that council workers and locals have to wipe out the significant turmoil left after each of these rallies. For those who are enthusiastic about meeting in parks and beaches, It’s a good idea not only to do it safely, but to clean up after yourself and respect the environment and the people around you, “says Supt Roptell.
Locals said the bonfire on the beach was as big as “it should have been visible from most beaches in the bay.”
Residents are now seeking police patrols to prevent the beach from reoccurring.
“The beach needs to patrol to stop this junk, maybe locals living nearby can report to the police,” said one on social media.
Others have called for the perpetrators to be expelled from the country.
“I don’t like it. Get rid of the visas of the people who are causing those trash, or make an example from at least some and prevent others from doing it again …”
Byron Bay is a popular holiday destination and is home to many Australian celebrities, including Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky. Earlier this year, Zac Efron was found staying there.
Originally released as a beach party to offend locals at “200+”