Senior AHA (NSW) authorities recently met with late trading licensees in Byron’s Bay to discuss the new measures being implemented in that region to tackle alcohol related violence. The towns liquor fuelled violence has of late become out of hand and authorities have implemented a strict new range of trial measures to overcome these problems including a 1:30 am lockout, take-away sale restrictions and refusing entry to any person seen drinking within 50 metres of a venue.
According to an article on Theshout.com.au licensees have been working together with the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing (OLGR) to develop the range of trial measures.
The excerpt below is taken from the article on the website www.TheShout.com.au:
Senior AHA (NSW) figures yesterday met with Byron Bay’s late-trading licensees on the eve of implementation of a range of strict new measures to tackle the town’s liquor-related violence issues.
The trial measures that came into effect today include a 1.30am lockout, refusal of entry to any person seen drinking within 50 metres of a venue and restrictions on takeaway sales after a set time.
“Local licensees have been working closely with the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing (OLGR) in developing a comprehensive alcohol-action plan,” AHA (NSW) CEO Paul Nicolaou said.
“We are here today to provide any assistance we can in achieving these objectives.”
He said hoteliers care about Byron and its reputation and came to the table with commonsense measures that will work in reducing assaults and anti-social behaviour.
The CEO of AHA (NSW), Paul Nicolaou warned that most incidents are occurring on the streets and 80 per cent of assaults are apparently occurring in places other than licenced premises, never the less, strict measures are needed to overcome this violence and these strict measures need to be implemented in venues. RSA staff have an important role to play in minimising the violence experienced on the streets.
The fact of the matter is that the consequences of serving unduly intoxicated patrons can go beyond fines for licensees and their staff, people can be hurt and lives can be lost if responsible service of alcohol rules are not followed.
If staff of licenced venues pay more attention to their patrons and begin enforcing RSA rules more closely, it will likely result in a decline in alcohol fuelled violence and misconduct on our streets. Combined with initiatives such as those implemented by the licensees of Byron Bay, we will have safer streets and happier patrons.
Responsible service of alcohol training teaches workers how to identify intoxicated patrons and how to deal with them. It also teaches RSA staff the consequences they and their employer may face if RSA laws are breached.
The post goes on to state:
Nicolaou said the AHA wants to ensure that Byron’s hotels are given enough time for the new strategies to take effect and that they have adequate police support.
“70 per cent of alcohol is consumed away from licensed premises and 80 per cent of assaults occur in places other than licensed premises, the strategies have to be tailored to address that,” he said.