New South Wales’ Office of Liquor and Gaming was busy over Labour Weekend, descending on busy shoulder-season Byron Bay to record licensing breaches.
There were over 30 inspections, which resulted in ten breaches at five different venues. Breaches included ‘permitting intoxication, failing to comply with licence conditions and failing to comply with primary purpose requirements’.
Newcastle-based campaigner Tony Brown, who was at the forefront of moves to create a compulsory code in that city, told Echonetdaily, ‘this clearly demonstrates that industry self-regulation has failed. It’s time for new proven cost saving effective measures, starting with a modest reduction in late trading hours.’