Date PostedMarch 5, 2017

$26K Fine for Event Organiser over Drunk Patrons

Organisers of the Oktoberfest in the Gardens 2015  have received a $26,100 fine for serious breaches of licence conditions and for allowing intoxicated patrons at the Domain event.

The event was attended by 12,000 patrons and was held in October 2015. When visited by inspectors and NSW police, the event was found to be out of hand with drunk patrons unable to stand, spilling drinks and slurring their speech.

One patron was found clinging to a bin, having urinated on himself. Another patron assaulted a police officer after throwing a hat drenched in alcohol at the officer.

Another major breach was not deploying identifiable RSA (responsible service of alcohol) marshals at the event.

It’s important to remember that anyone working at these types of events should be in possession of a valid RSA certificate.

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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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